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Seattle Man Arrested After Allegedly Burning More Than Two Dozen Boats

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A Seattle man has been arrested after allegedly setting more than two dozens boats on fire early Friday morning.

It all happened around 2am when firefighters responded to Lake Union on the 700 blk of NE Northlake Way regarding a boat fire that was possible spreading.

When firefighters arrived they located a dry storage facility engulfed in flames with over 30 boats inside. Another 85 boats were in the area but not in danger.

Firefighters also found an adjacent warehouse building, engulfed in flames.

After nearly an hour and a half, firefighters were able fo fully extinguished the flames and confirmed over 40 boats were destroyed from the fire.

No one was found inside the boats nor warehouse that was engulfed in flames.

According to a local news report, an arson/bomb detective found a 32-year old suspect responsible for the fire, hiding in a boat docked near the fire.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody without further incident.

The Washington Department Of Ecology states there was no observation of oil sheen or debris in the water.

The agency also deployed buoys to stop more hazardous chemicals from leaking from the boats into Lake Union and Portage Bay.

No civilian or Firefighters were injured.

Authorities are still trying to figure out the motive for why the suspect just suddenly burned over 40 boats.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Seattle Police Department.

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