Fire Department to Increase Patrols in The U-District Following Arsons

As we posted this morning, Seattle police and fire investigators are examining possible links between arson fires set in the University District the last few nights, and will apparently be stepping up patrols in the neighborhood.

From SFD’s Fireline blog:

Seattle Fire Investigators and the Seattle Police Arson Bomb Unit are looking into whether   two car fires set in the University District over the past two days are related.

The latest car fire occurred early this morning in the 700 block of Northeast 42nd  Street.  The fire extended from a car parked on the street to the exterior of an adjacent duplex causing $25,000 in damage. The first car fire occurred at 12:30 a.m. on March 8th in the 4100 block of 11 Avenue Northeast.  The car was parked in the garage of an apartment building. The fire damage was confined to the car and is estimated at $2,500.

There were no injuries related to either fire.

As a precaution, Seattle Firefighters will be increasing their presence in the neighborhood and distributing arson prevention flyers. Neighbors can help by calling 911 if they see anything suspicious. In the meantime, there are simple things you can do to make your homes and neighborhoods safer. One of the most important is to clean up the areas around your homes and businesses. Get rid of any burnable items and keep your recycle bins secure.