UPDATE, 11:44 p.m. | Seattle Fire Department investigators concluded Thursday that the house fire was intentionally set. Seattle Police Department arson bomb squad detectives are continuing to search for possible suspects.
Original Post | Detectives from the Seattle Police Department are searching for a group of young men seen running from a burning home in a West Seattle neighborhood this afternoon, according to a statement released by the department.
Police responded to reports of gunfire in the Delridge neighborhood in the 7300 block of 16th Avenue Southwest just before 4 p.m. and were later informed that a house on the same street was engulfed in flames,according to a police statement.
Witnesses told officers they saw a group of three young men running from the scene of the fire, police said.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and the lone man inside the home escaped with minor burns, according to the police statement.
A neighbor living directly behind the home told officers he heard sawing sounds on the roof of his shack shortly before the fire, a police statement said.The resident told officers that he saw a man in his 20s standing on his roof, heard two loud pops and saw flames climbing the side of the neighboring house, the statement said.
Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate any suspects, according to the statement.