Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Man arrested in New Year’s Eve arson at Neighbours nightclub

A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion that he set a fire on New Year’s Eve at Neighbours nightclub on Capitol Hill, according to Seattle police.

Police earlier said that someone poured gasoline and set fire to it on a carpeted stairway inside the gay dance club. The fire was quickly extinguished, and someone pulled a fire alarm, triggering the evacuation of about 750 patrons. No one was injured.

Police announced the arrest on their blog Saturday afternoon. They thanked the public “for all the tips they have received on the person of interest.”

The man was arrested as he made his way to the airport, police said. He was interviewed by detectives following his arrest, and booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson.

Police said arson investigators worked on the case with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Investigators had previously released surveillance video of a man they identified as a “person of interest” in the blaze.

The brief fire caused about $1,000 in damage to the building, and about $6,000 to contents, most of it from the sprinklers that kicked on. Police said they found an empty gas can at the top of the stairs, which led to the bar’s mezzanine overlooking the dance floor.

Contains information previously published in The Seattle Times.

0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: arrest, arson, Neighbours nightclub

COMMENTS

READER NOTE: Our commenting system has changed. Find out more.

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►