A popular hotspot in a Seattle Coffee Shop went up on flames in what investigators suggest appears to be arson.
The trendy location in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood burst into flames late Friday Night and spread to a surrounding Mexican Restaurant.
Seattle Fire and rescue said that multiple fire trucks were dispatched to Caffè Fiorè on Northwest 85th Street just after 11:30 p.m.
The fire department was able to extinguish the flames within an hour as several dozen spectators appeared to watch the scene.
The building however was subject immense interior and exterior damage as visible from what the first responders could only describe as a tragic event. Bricks were turned black, windows entirely blown out, and the inside of the once happening locations had been reduced to ash and rubble.
Caffè Fiorè store owner, Deming Maclise, said this is the first coffee shop that he ever opened approximately 14 years ago. Maclise says someone proceeded to stack the Adirondack chairs outside of his shop on top of each other against the building and lit them on fire with piles of newspaper.
The owner proceeded to suggest that at least fifteen employees will now be out of work between his coffee shop and the Mexican diner which was also damaged. "A lot of lives are affected by such a senseless act.” Maclise said.
Caffè Fiorè posted several photos of the damages incurred on their Facebook page and drew overwhelming support for the small business from the community and supporters.
“Things could have been a lot worse," the restaurant said. "Thank you to the community who has stopped by this morning and been so supportive. We have the best neighbors."
The investigation will now be handled by the Seattle Police and Fire Department’s joint Arson and Bomb squad to try to determine who may be responsible for the crimes.