On Friday morning, July 9, 2021, the devastating July 5 fire in downtown White Center was reclassified as an arson.
Originally, investigators said that the 2-alarm fire that destroyed or damaged eight businesses was most likely caused by an electrical issue in the basement of The Lumber Yard Bar.
But a sign posted to the front door of the burned-out, boarded up business and shared on their Instagram page Friday says it was an arson.
“This most likely is also a hate crime,” owners of the Lumber Yard said. “What these individuals did not only impacted the LGBTQI community it destroyed 7 other businesses that reflect the diversity of our neighborhood White Center. (Not so white and not so center)”
Tipsters with any information about the fire are being urged to call 1-800-55-ARSON. A $10,000 reward is being offered.
Read our previous coverage here.
Lumber Yard says the White Center fire, which started in their basement the night of 4th of July and wiped out eight businesses, is "being reclassified as arson. This most likely is also a hate crime."
— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) July 9, 2021