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Investigators say New Year’s Eve fire at Seattle gay nightclub was arson

Thursday, January 2, 2014

SEATTLE — Police and fire investigators said Thursday that a New Year’s Eve fire at a popular Seattle gay nightclub was most likely arson.

KOMO-TVNeighbors bar, Seattle.

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Neighbors bar, Seattle.

According to a Seattle police spokesperson, an unknown person or persons poured gasoline onto a carpeted stairwell between the two levels at Neighbors, a gay club in the city’s Capital Hill neighborhood, just after midnight Tuesday and then set it on fire, reports The Seattle Times.

“This could potentially have been much worse,” said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. “You have an establishment full of patrons and an intentionally set fire. That’s a very dangerous situation.”

Moore said that at the time of the incident the bar was near capacity with about 750 patrons celebrating the New Year.

He noted that the flames were immediately noticed and credited the actions by a quick thinking patron who grabbed a fire extinguisher from behind the upper level’s bar and put out the flames. The club’s own sprinkler system was also activated and another person quickly pulled the fire alarm which led to a rapid evacuation of the bar.

An empty gasoline can was found at the top of the stairway, which leads to the bar’s mezzanine overlooking the dance floor.

Seattle police and fire investigators are exploring the possibility that the arson fire may be the result of a hate bias.

“If there’s any indication it’s a hate crime, we’ll pass it on to our bias unit,” said police spokeswoman Renee Witt.

She said the arson and bomb squads are investigating.

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The club, which bills itself as the city’s oldest gay night club, hosts a diverse clientele and often has more straight customers than gay, according to employee Kevin Parcasio

Because of the water damage, he said he didn’t know when Neighbors would reopen.

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  1. shit.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:45am
  2. the homophobes will never grow up. disgusting

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:46am
  3. Literally flaming.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:46am
  4. this makes me so fucking mad.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:46am
  5. Hate crime ?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:46am
  6. Sorry, that was insensitive.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:47am
  7. Of course it was..

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:47am
  8. That is sad people have do things like that to our community!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:47am
  9. I sincerely hope they can catch the perpetrator(s). If only to make an example of them.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:48am
  10. Sad

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:48am
  11. Sad that people have nothing better to do..

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:48am
  12. Smh dats messed up

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:48am
  13. Run girls!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:48am
  14. OMG. That is awful. I am glad no one was hurt!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:49am
  15. Well, DUH!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:49am
  16. what is wrong with people

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:49am
  17. NO SHIT SHERLOCK!!!!! Smart investigators at their finest.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:50am
  18. Dese MF are fuckin petty behind our generation ugh

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:50am
  19. This is horrible and heart breaking

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:51am
  20. So their bigotry makes attempted murder acceptable?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:51am
  21. SOME HOMOPHOBIC BIGOT WITH A FEAR OF BEING IN HIS OWN SKIN!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:52am
  22. I hope they do more to stop homophobes

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:52am
  23. Well, there’s a surprise… said no one ever. Bastards

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:52am
  24. It is other Shit to worry about like why is Zimmerman stillotherwise free and when will all 50 states pass gay marriage laws

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:53am
  25. Oh shit lol

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:53am
  26. I am thankful that everyone is okay it could of been a lot worst no lost of life or injuries….

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:54am
  27. dude that’s not right just because you’re a jesus freak doesn’t mean you should wish them to die go fuck yourself because with that attitude that’s pretty much all you’ll get unless you find a dumb ass to be your mate.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:54am
  28. At least no one was hurt.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:55am
  29. I find the last line of this article disturbing…is the fact that it’s a mixed gay/straight club mean that it was a less worthy target for hate?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:55am
  30. This could have been real ugly.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:56am
  31. Man!!! This makes me so mad I love that place and have since 2007 and I’m just glad no one was hurt (physically) but it’s emotionally painful because that’s not how we roll in Washington… or at least that’s what I thought :/

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:56am
  32. So sad

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:57am
  33. These attacks are happening as a result of gays gaining momentum in rights, marriage equality and more and more corporations offering same-sex benefits. This comes at the midst of famous people making derogatory remarks toward gay people and people siding with them. People tend to retaliate when a particular group that has lacked rights for many years gains momentum. Even in places like Seattle that is perceived to be gay friendly.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:59am
  34. so true

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:39am
  35. there's research which suggests that when a group in power perceives a lower status group as making progress the higher status group will become more rigid about maintaining their privileges (the research was done on white people and racial minorities but can be extrapolated to help understand crimes like these in the wake of such progress like gay marriage passing in new mexico and Utah over the holidays).

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:01am
  36. hope they catch the scums

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:59am
  37. prison

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:59am
  38. We can never be complacent. Miles to go before we sleep.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:00am
  39. All i gotta say is start shooting. You are your first line of defense.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:02am
  40. Maia Bravo this is so terrible

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:03am
  41. Someone always gotta fuck shit up for others!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:03am
  42. Wow. Sucks

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:04am
  43. This is ridiculous

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:05am
  44. When they catch them I hope they put them in a cell with a guy who has been in solitary confinement for about 20 years

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:06am
  45. this is not good

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:09am
  46. These are the religious hypocrites at their best.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:09am
  47. GOD FORGIVE ME THE ONES WHO SET THE FIRE SHOULD BURN IN HELL BUT THEN AGAIN THEY ARE LIVING THEIR OWN HELL OF HATRED

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:11am
  48. Fuck hate

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:15am
  49. This makes me sad I loved this bar when I lived in Seattle !!! One asshole won’t make a difference they’ll rebuild and be better for it!! Haters make you famous!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:16am
  50. Very sad.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:18am
  51. Lets give some credit to the individuals who reacted to put out this fire before it got out of control. We could have been reading about dozens if not more injuries/deaths if not for them taking action.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:18am
  52. put the bastards in jail who did it.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:20am
  53. Sad, at least no one was killed! It was my favorite dance club in the late 80′s when I lived in Seattle!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:23am
  54. So, I’ve got to ask this, as a person who goes to this bar: how the hell do you slip in a red gas canister of this size into Neighbours without anyone noticing? Especially since there are only two entrances to the building and security is checking everyone (i.e. not doing random searches at the door but everyone!) Further there’s a shell station across the street where someone connected to the club could get fuel.

    Also, kudos on everyone wanting to catch the scum who started the fire but has anyone, especially those that go this club, not opened their minds up far enough to realize that it was an INSIDE JOB?

    I’ve read the other articles related to this and there has been mention of the owners being caught with exorbitant costs to upgrade their fire and earthquake systems in and above the amount of $6000.

    Instead of saying ‘Let’s catch the assholes who did this!’ why not look at it with perspective and think there’s more to it.

    There’s a reason for me being like this and it’s about a waiter who was caught with a bogus receipt with an anti-gay slur recently….

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:23am
  55. Inside homophobes pretending to be Queer ; an old right wing tactic!

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:28am
  56. I am glad no one was hurt, and when is the hate going to stop….

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:24am
  57. never win by violence; my only suggestion not have children ; one might be GLTQ!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:25am
  58. Need to find the person that did it and then administer vigilante justice

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:30am
  59. Very disturbing

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:31am
  60. Reminds me of the tragedy in the 70s where over 30 ppl lost lives. I will never understand how people can have so much hate in their hearts. Thank God no one was hurt!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:39am
  61. Horrible.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:40am
  62. Idiots

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:40am
  63. Perpetuated by the Christian right wing wackos!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:41am
  64. The haters can hate, but they won’t win! We can still dance and celebrate! It’s open this Saturday night! Now, I need to find a date :)

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:41am
  65. CATCH THEM and cut their balls off.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:43am
  66. NOW we're talking!

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:07am
  67. ...or something severe like jail time for 10 years?

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:15am
  68. duh

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:47am
  69. .
    Anti-gay Bible-banging Jesus Nazis have blood on their hand.
    This sort of hate-fueled violence is the natural sequela of their toxic bile.
    http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-7-20/

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:54am
  70. Dam…

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:55am
  71. People are sick everywhere, not a place in world with any exceptions.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:55am
  72. People are sick everywhere, not a place in world with any exceptions.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:55am
  73. Horrible

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:03am
  74. If you are for Gay , Bi-sexual, Transgender Lesbian, Asexual and Pan-sexual Rights, Set your profile picture to this Black Square in Protest of Facebook allowing anti Gay Pages to Torment Individuals

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:04am
  75. Hate crime or not, it’s just sick. Glad people reacted fast and no one was hurt.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:09am
  76. That is such an awesome place. Really sad there are so many haters out in the world. KARMA… I do believe in it, so whoever did it.. watch out :-)

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:26am
  77. Wow :( i hope the bastard(s) responsible burns in hell! So pathetic!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:30am
  78. This is sick!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:34am
  79. Good way to start off the new year……way to go idiots!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:39am
  80. It IS NOT Homophobia! They DO NOT FEAR us!!! THEY HATE US! CALL IT WHAT IT IS: HOMOHATRED!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:41am
  81. What? :(

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:44am
  82. I hope that they catch whoever did it and throw the book at him.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:54am
  83. What a shame!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:55am
  84. I love how cause it’s a gay bar it has to be a hate crime and it has to be the evil church who did it, it cant be a pissed of customer or angry worker all you people who are so quick to point the finger are the true haters

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:57am
  85. Jerks

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:03am
  86. Homophobes are sick %^&*( 7-letter A-words

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:19am
  87. It sounds like a case of attempted murder of about 750 people. Of course it’s a hate crime a disgruntled employee wouldn’t try to murder that many people.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:36am
  88. … ARRESTS?!? Att: Nathan Sobers.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:41am
  89. WTF is wrong with people. How about live and let live.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:42am
  90. The evidence is all ready pointing to a inside job cause its not posible to bring the fuel can in side with out being caught so Sarah Bell please no the facts befor you make your assumptions

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:50am
  91. Hope everybody is ok.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 5:50am
  92. Gee, you don’t say

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:04am
  93. Sarah Bell that has nothing to do with the evidence of this crime that just fluff research to vilify and spread hate against people who dont agree with you shame on you

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:09am
  94. This is horrible

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:09am
  95. I wonder if any straight people were there at the time? Hmm… If so, I wonder if the arsonists were aware…hmm… Maybe the arsonists heard the call of that duck guy and their ‘bible’ and…I dunno. Just let’s find the nice men/women/undecideds and let’s make a real good example of them!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:19am
  96. Scumbag phobes

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:37am
  97. It’s not fluff research it has implications beyond race. Shame on me? I didn’t try to murder 750 people. Tell me are you a researcher?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:10am
  98. I said it was one possible explanation, that depends on who did this. And yeah if people tried to murder almost 1k gay people it absolutely has to do with “keeping them in their place”. That’s not fluff sweetheart it’s fact. This isn’t opinion, nearly 1k people nearly died that night.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:13am
  99. And just because you don’t understand or agree with the research I cite doesn’t mean it’s fluff.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:14am
  100. Still no facts just your opinion Sarah Bell so yes shame on you and if its shown that it was the owner or what they think it is a inside job will you come back on and apologies for your fluff and propaganda no cause you dont care about the truth just the message your trying to push

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:16am
  101. Of course. Stupid homophobes.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:17am
  102. Honey it’s empirical research . Do you know what that means?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:17am
  103. Sarah Bell So thats still no evidence for this case so pointless do you grasp that honey

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:19am
  104. I didn’t say it necessarily applies here. I am also not pointing fingers at anyone in particular. I said that was a possibility. Do you comprehend the difference?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:19am
  105. The real question Daniel is why do you think it’s so hard to believe people might do this intentionally to murder gay people?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:21am
  106. oh no =[

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:23am
  107. Sarah Bell You dont offer it as one possibility you say it sounds like a case of attempted murder of about 750 people of course its a hate crime a disgruntlef employee wouldn’t try to murder that many people ( that is not a statement that is vauge that was a direct accusation) buy the way make up your mind is it 750 or 1000 and all the stright people in that night where they gay for that night. Facts get them right or your just a hate propaganda pusher

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:28am
  108. Sarah Bell No the real question is why are you so quick to say it was a hate crime when evidence dose not back it, to much crap is put up on face book as fact and people like you lap it up cause it suit you

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 7:32am
  109. It was a hate crime what else would you call it?even if it was an inside job its still a hate crime…purposely committing arson on a gay bar where you are fully aware there will be gay people is a hate crime.we know how most people feel about the LGBTQ community you really think they didnt do this because they hate gays??of course they did.its sick and wrong and their bigotry and holy attitude is repulsive but you cannot honestly say it wasnt a hate crime…..its sad that just because their god and their bible doesnt agree with it that they would commit such an atrocity but if you dont think this was a hate crime.then youre delusional..

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 8:04am
  110. Randi Leigh Roatch so if the owner was trying to make a insurance claim or a fellow gay worker or customer did it still a hate crime and still the churches fault are you really that narrow mined and stupid please think befor you type, side note its not common for people to start fires to deliberately kill people it dose happen but its not the common reason to start a fire

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 8:10am
  111. Thanx Phil Robertson for your nasty hate speech! See what it causes!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:17am
  112. So glad no one was hurt. Nightclub fires have been disastrous in the past. I hope they find whoever is responsible!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:19am
  113. It’s tragic and awful that this happened. Arson happens everyday that has nothing to do with hate crimes. Some of these sick people just like to start fires! If it was a true intentional ” hate crime” chances are good that the arsonist would have done it in such a way to make sure it cost lives. We aren’t here to fight with each other. This was tragic and senseless ….hate crime or not. Focus on the positive that nobody was killed. Love each other…not a time to fight each other!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:30am
  114. that’s so sad

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:56am
  115. When you find the arsonist, tie them to the stake and let the burning time begin.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:56am
  116. two steps forward, three steps back…. why are people so mean…

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 1:06pm
  117. pathetic… how juvenile and petty…

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:15pm