Courtesy of the Seattle Fire Department

This map, taken from an interactive map online, shows the fires intentionally set around Market Street and the central shopping and entertainment area of Ballard. View the map at http://fireline.seattle.gov/2018/01/05/dumpster-fires-in-ballard-area/.
Courtesy of the Seattle Fire Department This map, taken from an interactive map online, shows the fires intentionally set around Market Street and the central shopping and entertainment area of Ballard. View the map at http://fireline.seattle.gov/2018/01/05/dumpster-fires-in-ballard-area/.

There have been 22 fires set in the past few weeks across Ballard, with potentially related ones in Phinney Ridge, Magnolia and Crown Hill.

The majority have been dumpster fires, and authorities are treating them as arson.

The first dumpsters were set ablaze on the corner of Shilshole Avenue Northwest and 22nd Avenue Northwest and in Marvin’s Garden at 5400 Ballard Avenue Northwest on Dec. 21.

Since then, more than a dozen other fires in Ballard have been started, and the Seattle Fire Department and Police Department are investigating.

Some of these arsons have damaged businesses, including one located at 300 Northwest 85th Street in Greenwood, where the fire spread, causing more than $500 in damages.

While the police investigate, the Seattle Fire Department is asking residents and employees to move dumpsters at least five feet away from the walls and roof eave lines, to lock up commercial dumpsters, lock doors and windows, clean up flammable material around buildings, practice a fire-response plan and test safety systems like fire extinguishers.

Seattle Fire Line requests people report anything they know.

“Please report any information you believe may be related to arson to SPD’s Arson and Bomb Squad at (206) 684-8980 or the Arson Alarm Foundation Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON or arsonalarm.org. An award may be provided for information resulting in an arson conviction. Persons providing information may remain anonymous. If you see any suspicious activity taking place, please call 911.”