There was no electricity to a detached garage or any other accidental cause for a two-alarm fire that spread to three residential buildings Monday night in lower Queen Anne and caused $615,000 damage.
Fire department spokesman Kyle Moore says investigators determined Tuesday the fire was set and turned the case over to the police arson squad.
Residents of three older, wooden multiplexes in the 700 block of Warren Street were present at the time of the fire. All were safety evacuated and there were no serious injuries.
10 people were displaced. Stephen Migala of the American Red Cross said that they expected to provide emergency assistance to them.
Moore says the fire was set in the garage, which didn't have a door and was full of materials that easily burned.
Moore said that the fire reached the wood attics of the three homes. Firefighters cut into the roofs to extinguish the burning wood. One of the buildings was destroyed and two damaged.
The area was very smoky, and Moore advised people to stay away.
Warren Avenue N. was closed to traffic.