Sunset Hill fire ruled intentional, arson unit at Seattle Police investigating

Fire investigators say the Friday night blaze that damaged Caffè Fiorè and Cocina Esperanza on 85th on Sunset Hill was intentionally set.

“Fire investigators determined the cause was from ignition of combustible materials on wooden chairs located on the outside of the building,” explained Seattle Fire this afternoon. “Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Unit is investigating.”

There have been no arrests.

Firefighters responded at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday and discovered flames showing from the exterior of the building. Within 10 minutes, the blaze was extinguished, according to Seattle Fire.

In a post on Facebook Saturday morning, Caffè Fiorè it was “set on fire last night by arsonists,” and the chef from Cocina Esperanza next door happened to be working at the time and called 911. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Caffè Fiorè took the brunt of the fire. Seattle Fire says the estimated damages are $130,000. We’ll keep you updated.

Arson suspected in overnight fire at Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill

Updated: The popular coffee hangout Caffè Fiorè on 85th was heavily damaged in a fire last night, and the business says arsonists are to blame.

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“Caffè Fiorè on Sunset Hill was set on fire last night by arsonists. We’re thankful that Marcos was at his restaurant at the time and was able to call the fire department, explains a post on Caffè Fiorè’s Facebook page. “Things could’ve been a lot worse.”

Marcos is the chef and owner of Cocina Esperanza in the same building, right next door (see below). Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Photos taken by Caffè Fiorè (above and below) show the aftermath.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead,” writes Michelle in the Fiorè Facebook post. “Thank you to the community who has stopped by this morning and been so supportive. We have the best neighbors.”

The call was dispatched at 11:28 p.m. last night. The Seattle Fire Department’s Arson and Bomb squad is investigating the blaze, reports KOMO TV, but fire investigators have not yet determined the cause. We’ll keep you updated.