Man who set fire to crowded club on New Year's Eve sentenced

Man who set fire to crowded club on New Year's Eve sentenced

SEATTLE -- The man who set fire to a crowded Capitol Hill club on New Year's Eve was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday with the judge doubling the recommended sentence.

Musab Masmari, 30, smuggled a container of gasoline into Neighbours, where approximately 750 people were celebrating, doused the club's stairs and set them on fire.

Two club-goers were able to put out the fire before it spread, and no one was hurt.

Masmari was identified through Neighbours' surveillance footage and arrested while on the way to the airport with a one-way ticket to Turkey.

He pleaded guilty in May, at which point it was recommended he be sentenced to five years in prison, a sentence the judge doubled Thursday.

"But for the actions of some very quick-thinking folks, we could have a very serious tragedy," Judge Ricardo Martinez said during the sentencing. "It was a few seconds from causing significant injury or death."