Police Investigating Arsons at University Village

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee November 23, 2009

Last week, we reported that police are investigating a fire set behind a grocery store at University Village. In fact, they're investigating two fires.

The first fire appears to have been set behind a grocery store at about 5:00 a.m. on November 15th. Someone set several plastic bread racks on fire behind the store, as well as a plastic garbage can, causing $200 in damage.

About seven hours later, police were called back to U Village by security, who told officers that someone had also torched an outdoor table, umbrella, and chairs. "It appeared the umbrella metal stem was broken in half and the canvas umbrella cover was set on fire," an officer wrote in the report "Either the fire or the umbrella had broken the glass top of the table." The report does not say which business was effected by the second fire. Police believe the incidents are related.

The fires were set just two days after police arrested Kevin Swalwell for allegedly setting several fires in North Seattle, causing millions of dollars in damage.



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