Early morning fire behind Smoke Shop on Ballard Ave

A small fire was discovered this morning behind the Smoke Shop on Ballard Ave NW.

Kristin Tinsley from the Seattle Fire Department says they sent one engine to the scene when the call came in at 6:25am, and at 9:30am, investigators were still on the scene.

Lexi from the Old Ballard Liquor Co. and head chef of the soon-to-open Skål Beer Hall (a couple doors down from the Smoke Shop) alerted My Ballard about the fire, which may have been set intentionally. With several recent arson incidents in the area, and ongoing small fires they’ve found in the alleyway behind Skål, she said it’s pretty nerve wracking.

We’ll update when we learn more.


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Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

Well, it’s hobo campfire season so of course we’re seeing the “vibrancy”. Be sure to give a big thanks to elenchos, Andrew Daisuke, Truth, and of course Mike O’Brien and the rest of the city council for all the big improvements in Ballard!

Truth
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Truth

It’s very strange that everytime there’s a fire in Ballard, the Sockpuppet is always immediately and endlessly shitposting.

Therefore, I pose the theory that the Sockpuppet is intentionally setting these fires and then waiting for the blog post so he can activate his multiple personalities.

His mental illness and desire to drown out intelligent discourse has reached a dangerous new level.

Kudos!

Rent-a-Cop
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Rent-a-Cop

Actually, Truth, I’m beginning to wonder about your motives. You show up, insult people and make insinuations without using any facts or arguments – mostly just calling people “Sockpuppet” or “Harley”. Kind of weird. Why don’t you take a walk around Ballard and talk to the people who work in the grocery stores or who own shops in this city?

You ruined the neighborhood with your tired Boomer social justice guilt tactics, so thanks for that. I suppose it’s all just collateral damage in the “great battle against Trump!” or some other misguided, misdirected liberal nonsense. You’re really “sticking it to the conservatives” now that people can’t walk their grandparents around Ballard without them having to witness appalling, disgusting behavior and hear felons screaming jailbird obscenities at each other.

Real nice. You’re a real grade A piece of work!

Truth
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Truth

You show up, insult people and make insinuations without using any facts or arguments – mostly just calling people “Sockpuppet” or “Harley”. Oh that’s rich. You’re back to the “poor me” mentality are you? Anyone can randomly click on ANY MyBallard article from the past year and see you insulting other commenters, making factless claims and getting extremely triggered when someone refutes your sensationalist bullshit with actual facts and sources. Of course, with the loss of real people commenting, the comment section has become a cesspool of your endless circle-jerk shitposts, so you just aren’t used to people calling out your bullshit anymore. You’ll survive. Why don’t you take a walk around Ballard and talk to the people who work in the grocery stores or who own shops in this city? I do. I regularly chat with both proprietors of restaurants and employees of your infamous QFC. No one claims our neighborhood is perfect, but no one comes close to claiming Ballard is the dystopian nightmare you claim it is. You act like you care about Ballard, yet spend every waking hour posting under your many Sockpuppet personalities about how Ballard is terrible and no one should live there or… Read more »

Rent-a-Cop
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Rent-a-Cop

Yeah sorry, just post the Cliff Notes next time. I don’t have time for a libtard social justice novel.

Let me know what happens with that big whale, Melville!
To quote the Bard “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.

Truth
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Truth

Yeah sorry, just post the Cliff Notes next time. I don’t have time for a libtard social justice novel.

Let me know what happens with that big whale, Melville!
To quote the Bard “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.

Case in point. No response, no facts, no sustenance, just insults.

That’s our sockpuppet! ‾\_(ツ)_/‾

ballard1919
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ballard1919

^ Autism in action from Truth

Truth
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Truth

^ Autism in action from Truth

Hey, I recognize you as a troll from the Capitol Hill Blog! Trolling one blog just doesn’t cut it for your deflated ego?

That one Ballard wag
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That one Ballard wag

Where there’s Smoke Shop, there’s fire!

Mike O'Brine
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Mike O'Brine

Hi, thanks for your support. It’s unfortunate that someone dislikes our fine Swedish friends at the Skal beer hall and the Old Ballard Smoke Shop enough to light fires in an alleyway. However, it’s not our most vulnerable community members! They only light up when it’s time to hit the pipe, or when they need to heat up a smack spoon. They would never willfully attempt to destroy public property! That’s not in the narrative I and the rest of the City Clowncil have written for our poor, vagrant neighbors. Big Hobo tells us they’re just down on their luck, hard working neighbors who need just a little more help, a couple more hugs, and a heading dose of Social Justice. Big Hobo knows all! But if it does turn out to be our most vulnerable community members, I’m sure we’ll just give them a little scolding and nothing else – wouldn’t want to upset them, would we? Shouldn’t jail them for their survival crimes! These people were just experiencing campfire envy! And Remember, Vote Salty, Vote O’Brine 2019!

Insanity
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Insanity

“Big Hobo”, I love it.

More Taxes = More Junkie Hobos
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More Taxes = More Junkie Hobos

I hear the Clowncil is pushing for free presto logs and lighters for our vulnerable community members. Never forget, we are just one more tax increase away from getting affordable housing in Seattle and reducing the homeless junkie invasion.

Mike O'Brine
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Mike O'Brine

Hi, thanks for your support! We’re so close now! Soon, we’ll have…well, we won’t have done anything. Big Hobo needs your tax dollars…but not for the homeless. If we solve homelessness, where will my kickbacks come from. Big Hobo knows best! And Remember, Vote Salty, Vote O’Brine 2019!

Done
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Done

Um, could we get some regular SPD patrols in Ballard? Please?

Insanity
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Insanity

Bwahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, like that’ll ever happen, oh geeeez stop, too funny you are killing me.

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

No, but we can spend $500k on a toilet for felons.

Mike O'Brine
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Mike O'Brine

That’s the Mike O’Brien Graffiti-Free Throne! Call it by my name!

Moej0j0j0
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Moej0j0j0

I was officer mustache in Ballard commons the other night. Someone said a junky lady damaged his neighbors property. But he said he couldn’t do anything unless the property owner complained. In his defense he was trying to contact the property owner. Not sure what became of it though.

Hayduke
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Hayduke

“I was officer mustache in Ballard commons the other night.”

You mean you are Sergio? Or you just saw him on patrol?

That one Ballard wag
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That one Ballard wag

I was a teenage werewolf.

Moej0j0j0
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Moej0j0j0

Hayduke, clearly you are an MIT grad or some sort of 160+ IQ genius. There is no way I can respond to your rapier wit so I won’t even try. We’ll played. You have bested me and my ability to type a response on my phone while on a moving bus. I concede.

Woke William
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Woke William

Police only make our community less equitable.

Seattle, The World Class City
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Seattle, The World Class City

Ahh good, nothing like returning from a tour of Western Europe and the East Coast USA to Ballard!
Our lovable fishing village is now the world’s most expensive meth-y trailer park.
Thank you, Social Justice Warriors! Nicely done!

The Artist Formerly Known As Ballard
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The Artist Formerly Known As Ballard

Dig if you will the picture
Of Ballard’s alleys covered in flames
The smell of rank hobo permeates
Can you taxpayer, can you picture this
Dream if you will the Commons
And oceans of tents in full view
Junkies using sidewalks as toilets
They’re just one hug, one hug away
From being you
How can you just leave that RV
Parked there without paying a fine
Maybe they need social justice
Maybe they’re just like your neighbor (doubt so)
Maybe they’re priced out of their house
Never been criminals (never been criminals)
Watch as they scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When bums fight

Seattle, The World Class City
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Seattle, The World Class City

Haha Prince od’d on fentanyl. Tasty choice.

Toxic Male
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Toxic Male

Ok so if a guy gets fired for being a sexist does he qualify for free housing once he’s homeless?
Also, if white people become a minority in a few years can they get minority benefits and affirmative action?

Just asking for a friend

Hobo Paradox
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Hobo Paradox

If a junkie hobo is threatening to kill his/her junkie hobo lover in the street while calling them the n-word, does that count as a hate crime?

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

You ask a question that deserves an answer. Let me give it a try.
Short answer- “No.”
Longer Answer- “Mike O’Brien says No.”

guesty
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guesty

another scumbag arsonist? great.

Rent-a-Cop
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Rent-a-Cop

We call that an “opportunity to achieve social justice”, Friend!

Literal Dumpster Fire
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Literal Dumpster Fire

Hey, I’m my own metaphor.
LIT-er-ally

Get it?
“LIT”?

Ah never mind.

Mike O'Brine
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Mike O'Brine

Hi, thanks for your support. Mike O’Brine loves what you’re putting down, but try to be more equitable and social in your dispersion of humor. Make fun of those cisgendered white christian males more often, they’re the worst, amirite? Hmm…Mike O’Brine is curious now. If one of my most vulnerable community members is a cisgendered white christian male, does that make him unworthy of our social justice, our Big Hobo initiatives, our attempts to destroy the toxic white male patriarchy? Big Hobo, help me in this, my most confounded hour! And you! Get Woke, Friend! And Remember, Vote Salty, What The Actual Heck, Vote O’Brine 2019!

fumanchu
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fumanchu

Mike,
You’re the best! And I don’t care what the organic vegetables in SJWBallard say about you!

Ballard is awful
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Ballard is awful

Going to have to agree with fumanchu. Thanks for telling me about your business in big hobo. I didn’t even realize that you don’t want to get rid of homlessness because big hobo lines your pockets with a huge slush fund!

Mike O'Brine
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Mike O'Brine

Hi, thanks for your support! I, Mike O’Brine, can feel the love tonight! Comrades, you’ve truly enriched this enabler of Big Hobo. And Remember, Vote Salty, Vote O’Brine 2019!

Koolyg
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Koolyg

Ahh damn. That is pure gold!