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October 27, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Gas theft may have caused Everett vehicle fire

Foam was used in extinguishing the fires that burned vehicles parked in front of a recruiting station in Everett this morning. (Photo provided by myeverettnews.com)

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Everett police this morning said the fire that damaged three government vehicles near a military recruiting office may have resulted from an attempt to steal fuel. Police say there is no indication that the fire was set as part of a directed threat to any government service.

Everett police Sgt. Ryan Dalberg said that an anonymous person called 911 just before 11 p.m. to report hearing “a pop” and then seeing flames. The three vehicles, a van and two sedans, all had government plates, he said.

Dalberg said that nobody was hurt. The military recruiting office at 1203 S.E. Everett Mall Way has posts for all branches of the armed forces.

Damage to the vehicles is estimated at about $30,000.

Police said the fire initially appeared suspicious.

The Seattle office of the FBI sent investigators to the scene.

In June, federal investigators foiled what they described as a plot to attack a military recruiting station in South Seattle. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, of Los Angeles, were arrested in a sting operation when they arrived at a warehouse garage to pick up machine guns to use in the attack, federal prosecutors said.

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