City One-Legged Man Allegedly Sets Fire to Apartment, Leaps From Building
posted by September 23 at 15:29 PMon
Seattle Police and firefighters responded to an automatic alarm call at the Bellevue Olive Apartments—on Bellevue and Olive, naturally—yesterday evening after a man started a fire in the building.
According to a police report, a man—who fire department sources say only had one leg—barricaded himself in his apartment and started the fire on the building’s fourth floor. The building’s sprinkler system kicked in and put out the fire, and the man jumped from his fourth floor apartment onto a patio four stories below. SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt says the man “was warning other tenants to stay out of the building if they didn’t want to get hurt.”
Several Bellevue Olive residents reportedly told police that the man had not been taking his medication and had told building management that “people had been breaking into his apartment and hacking his computer.”
The man was taken to Harborview but his condition is unknown. The man has not been charged with anything, although the case could be referred to prosecutors once SPD finishes its investigation.