Seattle Fire arrived to the scene just after 11:30 AM to find water pouring from the back of the Broadway nightclub after the venue’s fire sprinkler system was activated by the small fire.
The club’s alley doors were burned in the fire but there was no other damage reported beyond the flooding. There were no reported injuries. The club has not announced any closures related to the fire.
The Seattle Fire Marshal has determined that the door fire was intentionally set. SPD is now investigating the incident.
UPDATE: SPD is urging anybody with information about the fire to call investigators at (206) 615-0923.
Seattle Police Department arson detectives and Seattle Fire investigators are working to track down a suspect who set fire to a Capitol Hill nightclub Friday morning.
Firefighters were called to Neighbours Nightclub in the 1500 block of Broadway around 11:30 AM after someone set fire to a door behind the club. The fire caused about $350 in damage. The club was closed at the time of the incident. No one was injured.
Police learned a man had walked into an alleyway behind Neighbours shortly before the fire was set, and detectives are now working to identify him. If you have any information about this incident, please contact police at (206) 615-0923.
The arson comes a year after Musab Masmari was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his New Year’s Eve attempt to set the gay dance club on fire with hundreds of revelers inside.
SPD is also investigating a string of small fires in recent days in the area.
UPDATE x2: Police have released images and video of a man they are calling a “person of interest” in the arson.
Detectives are seeking a person of interest in connection with the Neighbours arson. Surveillance cameras captured a man walking into an alley behind the club shortly before the fire was set, and police are now working to identify him.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the man, or who may have seen him near the club, to call detectives at (206) 684-8980.