Arson causes minor damage to Seattle police station

Arson causes minor damage to Seattle police station
The mini-station is seen after smoke damage was cleaned off the front entryway. The fire also melted a tarp beneath the awning.
SEATTLE - A small overnight fire at a Seattle police community precinct station was deliberately set, but authorities aren't sure if it is related to the recent series of protests against Seattle police.

Firefighters responded to the blaze, at the mini-precinct station at 23rd Avenue and Union Street, at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after a passer-by called 911 to report a small blaze.

Police at the scene told KOMO News that the fire was started with some kind of flammable liquid accelerant.

The fire went out on its own, and there was minimal damage and no injuries, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

A lieutenant at the scene said the fire caused mostly smoke damage to the front door of the building.

Witt said police aren't sure if the arson is related to recent rallies and protests over the shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer and other recent police actions caught on video.

She said authorities are encouraging anyone with information to call 911.