Fire at Bank of America branch in Seattle called suspicious

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 9, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 7:27 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle fire investigators are looking into whether a fire at a Bank of America branch in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood was intentionally set.
 
The fire was reported at around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the bank located in the 4100 block of East Madison Street. When fire fighters arrived, they say an ATM outside the bank was smoldering and fire had spread to the interior of the building.
 
"We believe the fire started at the ATM and it is considered suspicious," said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. "ATMs don't typically spontaneously combust in the middle of the night."
 
An arson dog did pick up on traces of an accelerant used near the ATM. Debris from the fire will be sent to a crime lab for examination before an official cause is determined. The fire is has not been officially ruled arson.
 
Seattle Police are also investigating and obtaining surveillance video from outside the bank and surrounding businesses to get a clearer picture of how the ATM caught fire.
 
"It could be anything, but arson is the main thing we are looking at," said Moore.

So far there are no suspects.
 
Moore said nearly the entire bank appears to have received smoke damage. A bank manager said the branch would be closed on Wednesday.

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