A three-alarm fire early Tuesday caused severe damage to the auditorium at the Burien Annex, SW 146th Street, and 4th Avenue SW. Investigators from the King County Sheriff’s Office have determined that the fire was intentionally set.
According to investigators, the fire was set in or adjacent to an outside porta-potty next to the auditorium at the southeast corner of facility. The fire spread to the auditorium wall and roof and was reported to the Fire Department at 6:25 am. Some 75 fire personnel from five area fire departments fought the blaze, having to cut into the double-layered roof structure to extinguish the flames. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Damage was estimated at $150,000-plus.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved. Anyone with information can call 1-800-55-ARSON. Arson investigators are currently examining evidence and will be reviewing footage from outside surveillance cameras.