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Construction sites, businesses and residents in South Seattle encouraged to take steps to prevent arson fires

SEATTLE – At least eight set fires occurred in South Seattle (one in the Central District/Capitol Hill) on June 22 – June 24. The majority of the fires were located on or near Rainier Ave. S. The fires were either set to debris or in garbage or dumpster receptacles, and three of the eight were located at or in close proximity to construction sites. The Seattle Fire Department has published an online interactive map with more details about the location, date and description of each fire.

NOTE: view the map for the most updated list of fires. The map will continue to be updated on a daily basis if additional set fires occur. Fires will only be added to this list once an official “incendiary” ruling is released by the department’s Fire Investigation Unit. Additionally, not all fires in the area may be included, due to the ruling of some being “undetermined” or “accidental”.

Note: click the link to view the most updated interactive map.

In light of this information, Seattle fire and police departments are encouraging construction sites, businesses and residents to take steps to prevent arson fires:

BEFORE A FIRE:  

  • Secure business and garage areas by locking doors and windows.  
  • Clean up wastepaper, grasses, weeds, litter, or any combustibles from around buildings and at construction sites.  
  • Secure security fencing at construction sites.
  • Install or activate motion-sensored lights and/or cameras at construction sites and businesses.  
  • Do not allow dumpsters to become overfilled. Locate commercial dumpsters and containers at least five feet away from combustible walls and roof eave lines. Use only metal or metal-lined receptacles.  
  • Place locks on commercial dumpsters or keep in secured area.  
  • Test fire and life safety systems, including fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, to ensure they are working.  
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan.  
  • Keep exit ways clear of boxes and other debris which could hamper evacuation.

IF A FIRE OCCURS:

  • Implement your fire evacuation plan, and exit the building.  
  • Call 911 to report the location of the fire. If the fire is inside a structure, report to 911 and responding crews if anyone could still be inside.  

The Seattle Police Department and Fire Department are investigating the crimes. Please report any information you believe may be related to arson to SPD’s Arson and Bomb Squad at (206) 684-8980. Persons providing information may remain anonymous.

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