• Unsolved arsons in University District, North Seattle

    By: Deborah Horne


    Seattle police are trying to determine if several arsons in the University District are related to a burglary and fire at a North Seattle home.

    The side of a porch at 1309 N.E. 55th St. in Seattle's University District was scorched about 7 p.m. May 17. At roughly the same time, a couch was set ablaze and fires were started underneath three vehicles, neighbors told KIRO 7. There was no serious damage.

    Sunday night, neighbors in the 11300 block of 20th Avenue N.E. noticed smoke coming from the eaves of a house. They called 911 and rushed over, afraid someone was inside. No one was inside; the couple went to Montana for the long holiday weekend. Firefighters said the fire started in the master bedroom. After they extinguished the blaze, they discovered the home had been ransacked.

    "Very scary," neighbor Stephen Lynch said, "and very upsetting."

    Lynch said the couple just completed a meticulous four-and-a-half-year remodel of its longtime home.

    Police and neighbors don't know what, if anything, was taken in the burglary.

    The arsons are 3 miles apart. Nevertheless, Seattle detectives are trying to determine if the arsons are the work of the same person or persons.

    They have no suspects. If you have any information, you're asked to call Seattle police arson investigators at (206) 625-5011.

    A $10,000 reward is offered for the University District arsons.

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