In a surprising turn of events, the massive 4-alarm fire that burned five buildings over the weekend in north Queen Anne has been determined arson.
After a thorough investigation of the fire, the Seattle Fire Department investigators determined that it was intentionally set. The total estimated loss is $4.3 million — that includes all the impacted structures and contents within. The department says it’s the largest fire in Seattle in the past eight years.
According to SFD, five structures were destroyed in the fire that started Saturday evening around 8:40pm at the Gascoigne Lumber Co. warehouse. Nearby power lines were destroyed, cutting power for surrounding areas. Multiple vehicles burned, and a waterfront residence and trailer also sustained damage. There were no reported injuries in the fire.
The fire isn’t fully out yet — the fire department tweeted the above photo this morning, as firefighters continue to put out hot spots. SFD says clean-up efforts are underway.
Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad are taking over the investigation — any info relating to the fire can be given to SPD at 206-684-8980.