SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested one person and continue to investigate a series of fires set in and around a Seattle homeless encampment along Interstate 5 known as the Jungle.
The Seattle Fire Department said on Twitter investigators have determined that at numerous fires, including one in a vacant building Monday afternoon, were intentionally set.
Seattle Fire investigators have determined the trash fires in The Jungle were intentionally set. Investigating with @SeattlePD
— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) June 6, 2016
Seattle Police Capt. Paul McDonagh said Monday evening five initial fires were set and three blazes were spotted later in the day, prompting a large police response and search for a suspect.
Police tweeted Monday night that they had taken one person into custody for the fires they say were set later in the afternoon.
Officers have taken 1 person into custody for the fires near Jose Rizal park. Detectives continue to investigate the earlier fires as well.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 7, 2016
The fires closed a portion of Dearborn Street for hours while firefighters extinguished the blazes.
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