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EcoTerrorists in Seattle?

Hunt is on: Who torched the Street of Dreams?
By Steve Miletich
Seattle Times staff reporter

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ELLEN M. BANNER / The Seattle Times
An aerial view of efforts Monday to put out fires in four Street of Dreams homes in Snohomish County. The homes were part of what’s called a “rural cluster development” and were built to higher environmental standards. The home on the left was a Craftsman known as Copper Falls, and the one on the right was the Greenleaf Retreat.

Working with few clues, federal investigators face a daunting task as they try to determine whether a shadowy group of radical environmentalists torched three multimillion-dollar homes along a Street of Dreams in Snohomish County on Monday.

Although a spray-painted banner left at the scene contained the initials of the Earth Liberation Front, it took nearly a decade of groundwork in a previous case before investigators cracked a Pacific Northwest cell of the ELF responsible for more than a dozen arsons beginning in 1996.

The homes gutted in Monday’s inferno had drawn tens of thousands of people last summer who paid to gawk at their architecture, interiors and sheer size.

The fires left law-enforcement officials questioning whether they were timed to coincide with jury deliberations in the federal trial of an alleged ELF member accused of helping set the 2001 fire that gutted the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

“I guess you could say we’re not surprised,” said Mark Bartlett, a senior federal prosecutor involved in the UW-related trial.

The pre-dawn fires in the Maltby area of Snohomish County destroyed the three homes and damaged a fourth, and investigators were looking into the possibility that an attempt was made to torch a fifth house. None of the homes was occupied, and no one was injured in the three-alarm fire that shot flames 100 feet into the air.

The FBI is investigating the fires as a possible “domestic terrorism act,” said FBI spokesman Fred Gutt in Seattle. The Snohomish County sheriff’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives also are participating as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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March 4, 2008 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Building, Counter-terrorism, Crime, Cultural, Detective/Mystery, Living Conditions, News, Seattle, Social Issues

5 Comments »

  1. Isn’t this sick and counterproductive?

    Comment by momcat | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  2. Earth Liberation Front?

    This is just plain sad 😦

    I have no words for crap like that 😦

    Comment by Nicole | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. Seems so to me, Momcat – a conscious wasting of natural resources. These houses were built to be “green” making wise use of water, heat, etc.

    Nicole – Some of these things just don’t make a lot of sense, do they?

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. OK, thanks for clarifying that.
    I wasn’t sure if I was misunderstanding something there with green against green.
    Double Morons then 😦

    Comment by Nicole | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. Exactly, Nicole. Morons!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 6, 2008 | Reply


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