UPDATE: Seattle Fire investigators have determined the fire was intentionally set. SPD says detectives are investigating the arson as a possible hate crime:
Investigators are looking into the possibility of a bias crime as part of their arson investigation on a car that was deliberately set on fire early this morning in the Central District.
Shortly after 1:00 am, Seattle Police and Seattle Fire responded to a vehicle fire in the 2500 Block of East Pine Street. Seattle Fire extinguished the flames, and detectives from the Arson/Bomb Unit responded. Graffiti with racial epithets was spray-painted onto the car prior to the fire. There were no injuries, but the vehicle, a 1990 Cadillac Deville, appears to be a total loss. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Seattle Police.
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In previous incidents, a Subaru was totally destroyed in a July 3rd incident at 21st and Pine. Earlier, a truck was destroyed in an apparently intentionally set fire at 24th and Thomas.
May 31: “In other news from the East Precinct, police are investigating a truck fire believe to have been set intentionally Friday morning at 24th and E Thomas. Seattle Fire responded to the blaze to the tucked away intersection a block from the main drags of E Madison and 23rd just before 4 AM. A subsequent investigation revealed signs of arson.”
July 3rd: “A suspicious car fire at 21st and E Pine drew a fire response, police and an investigation Wednesday night. According to police radio, the department’s bomb squad was notified of the incident but did not respond. We’ll update with more information when we get it. UPDATE: An eyewitness reports: “early 2000′s Subaru legacy wagon. Total loss. Fire started in passenger cabin. Owner was a non neighborhood resident (I think).” UPDATEx2: Seattle Fire tells us fire investigators determined that somebody set fire to the locked Subaru Legacy causing $7200 in damage.”
There are few details yet released on this latest incident first reported just before 1 AM Wednesday. We are continuing to update the story as information comes in.