With little evidence and limited witness information to go on, Seattle Police’s arson and bomb squad detectives have asked for help from the public about the fire started inside a former E John bed and breakfast just days from demolition.
Last week’s early Friday morning fire damaged one of a set of old twin houses in the 1100 block of E John that were slated to be torn down to make way for a new apartment project with 47 “small & efficient residential units.”
The demolition began Tuesday.
There were no injuries in the fire and the blaze damaged only a structure slated to be destroyed. But police are asking anybody who may have seen “people running from the home just before the blaze started” to call detectives at (206) 684-8980.
While it is possible the fire was set intentionally, other causes of fires in vacant structures in the area have been improvised electrical set-ups, cooking or fires for warmth, and smoking or drug use. UPDATE 10/9/2014: SPD says there is currently no evidence that indicates the fire was intentionally set.