Shoreline fire deemed arson, may be linked to Greenwood fires

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by DEBORAH FELDMAN / KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 13 at 1:03 PM

SHORELINE, Wash. -- Shoreline fire officials say arson caused Friday morning's fire at a vacant former furniture store in Shoreline. The man arrested in Shoreline shortly after the blaze erupted is a person of interest in the Shoreline fire and the recent Greenwood area arson fires.

The three-alarm fire broke out at the abandoned business on Aurora Avenue N. at N. 170th Street  just after midnight. It took firefighters nearly four hours to knock down the flames. Fire investigators believe the fire may have started in an outbuilding in the rear and spread to the main building.

Firefighters from several districts tried to beat down the flames. At one point heavy, dense smoke forced firefighters to battle the fire defensively. Strong winds and heavy rain helped dissipate the smoke, and now firefighters are mopping up any hot spots. There were no reports of injuries.

Shoreline fire officials say they arrested the man approximately 10 blocks from the Shoreline fire incident around 12:30 a.m..  
Investigators from both Seattle and Shoreline are calling him a person of interest in the fires - and not yet a suspect.

Traffic has been detoured at the scene at 170th and Highway 99, also known as Aurora Ave. Granfors says traffic in a 10-block radius around the fire is affected. Northbound Aurora Avenue is closed from 155th to 175th; southbound traffic has re-opened. Drivers are urged to detour around the area using Meridian Avenue.

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