Seattle Police have confirmed to CHS that the early morning November 17th fire that charred Broadway’s Galerias restaurant is being investigated as arson.
According to police, Seattle Fire’s investigation the morning of the smoky blaze revealed the fire was not accidental. SFD says the fire caused more than $800,000 in damage to the north Broadway restaurant building and its contents.
Police aren’t yet saying what evidence has been collected and how investigators determined that the fire was set intentionally.
Weeks later, the investigation is now in the hands of the Seattle Police Department. CHS previously reported that the investigation of the blaze was delayed because the restaurant’s owner Ramiro Rubio was out of the country at the time of the fire.
Galerias Gourmet Mexican Restaurant has been operating on Broadway for more than a decade. In June, CHS reported on a burglary at the restaurant in which Galerias management told police $50,000 in cash was stolen. UPDATE: SPD tells us they can’t provide any updates on the investigation of the burglary as the case remains open.
Since the blaze, the north Broadway restaurant has remain shuttered and many of its employees have been without work. Clean-up crews have been active at the site but we have not heard any information yet about a re-opening.