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Man Arrested After Setting Fire at Georgetown Museum Facility

A 36-year-old man was arrested by police early Wednesday after he set a fire outside a Georgetown building housing a museum operations and storage facility.

Just before 3:45 AM, witnesses reported seeing a man attempting to set fire to bushes in the 5900 block of 6th Avenue South. 

Officers arrived and found some exterior fire damage to the building and arrested the suspect, who they found digging in a nearby garbage can.

Witnesses told police they had seen the man set a fire outside the building, and then continue to add combustible items to the blaze.

Officers recovered a lighter and butane torch from the 36-year-old suspect and booked him into the King County Jail for reckless burning. 

In separate, unrelated incident, police are also investigating a series of fires set in trash cans and at a nearby construction site overnight in South Seattle.

Police and Seattle Fire first responded to reports of rubbish fires in the 2800 block of South Hanford Street just before midnight and located three fires set in the area.

Officers detained and identified a man at the scene as part of the investigation. He was released at the scene as police work to gather additional evidence.