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Arson, burglary at building on Capitol Hill

On March 22nd, at approximately 2:40 AM, an East Precinct officer was driving in the 1900 Block of East Madison Street when he observed smoke coming from the second floor of a building and heard the fire alarm ringing.  He called for a response from Seattle Fire and requested other units to assist with traffic control.

After the fire scene was stabilized by SFD, investigators informed officers that they had discovered burglary tools and signs of arson inside the building.  They also noted that it appeared that several safes inside the building had been forced opened.  Detectives from the Arson/Bomb Squad responded to the scene.  It does not appear that there was significant damage to the structure, and the building was closed at the time of the fire.  ABS detectives will continue the investigation.