SPD says early morning fire at Yakima/Norman was arson

A fire near Yakima Ave S and S Norman St early Tuesday morning appears to have been arson, police say. An apartment building was set on fire and may be connected to a domestic dispute earlier in the morning.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, which was contained to the outside of the building and extinguished by firefighters. The suspect was not located.

From SPD:

East Precinct officers and Arson/Bomb Squad detectives are investigating an early morning arson to an apartment unit in the 1100 Block of Yakima Avenue South.  Fortunately, there were no injuries and the Seattle Fire Department was able to extinguish the flames quickly.

The call of the arson came in just before 4:00 this morning, but there had been an earlier disturbance involving possibly the same suspect about 90 minutes earlier.  Around 2:20 am, a male entered the unlocked door of the apartment unit on Yakima Avenue South and was confronted by the woman’s boyfriend.  The suspect took off running, and the police were called.  Officers arrived and contacted the victim.  She stated that the suspect could have been a man she had dated previously, and gave a description to officers.  An area check was conducted, but the suspect was not located.

Just before 4:00 am, another 911 call came in from the same location, this time indicating that possibly the same suspect had returned and did something to the apartment,  causing it to burn.  Seattle Fire was able to quickly extinguish the flames and the damage was contained to the outside of the building only.  There were no injuries.  Officers set up containment, and a K-9 team was brought in for a search, but the suspect was not located.  Detectives are now handling the investigation.

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