A 34-year-old man has been arrested for setting at least eight fires around North Seattle Tuesday morning.
The first reports came in at 5:30am on Nov. 20 — Seattle Police say numerous witness called 911 to report fires in Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, and Green Lake Park.
The first fire was started in a small pile of leaves outside a Phinney Ridge home, which was extinguished quickly but damaged the home’s fence. Another fire destroyed a shed and scorched a Wallingford home, according to SPD. They say another four fires were set around Green Lake Park, damaging trees and an outhouse.
It didn’t take long to find him — using surveillance videos and descriptions from witnesses, officers spotted the suspect at 7am, still hanging around Green Lake Park. After a brief pursuit on foot, they took the man into custody, and found another three sites that the man had prepped for burning.
The man has been booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson, burglary, and a felony warrant.