Seattle car arson a possible hate crime

by: Rick Price Updated:

SEATTLE - Police are investigating a car arson that happened early Wednesday in Seattle's Central District as a possible hate crime.

Firefighters were called to the corner of 26th Avenue East and East Pine Street about 1:30 a.m. where they found a 1970 Cadillac convertible burning. 

As they extinguished the fire, they found racist graffiti sprayed on the trunk and side of the car. 

"There was something, spray painted words written on the car, that were not there prior to the fire," said Seattle police Captain Ron Wilson.

See photos of the burned car here.

Wilson said they would investigate the fire as a possible hate crime.

The Seattle Fire Marshal and the Seattle police Arson Bomb Squad rushed to investigate.  Early Wednesday, police could not yet say exactly how the fire was set. 

The owner, who is African American,  told KIRO 7 he had no idea who might have set the fire, or why. 

Police said there have been no threats against the owner of the car, or in general in the neighborhood.