Just over a year ago, on the quiet corner of 75th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Dibble Street in Crown Hill, an arsonist torched a house that was under construction, leaving behind a sign declaring, "Say no to high-density neighborhoods." The fire burned so fiercely that siding on the home next door melted. Even eerier, months earlier, on Memorial Day of 2002, a second house on the same property (the property is two lots wide, roomy enough for a regular-sized house and a tall, skinny one) had also burned to the ground. Arson investigations still haven't solved the anti-density fires, crimes the builder dubbed last year as terrorism.

"We're not sleeping all that well," says Linda Clark, who lives next door to the site. It was her house that sustained melted siding. Neighbors are concerned that the fugitive arsonist may strike again: There's a new house on the lot, and it's at the exact same construction stage as last year's torched house. Some neighbors also fret that the cops have given up their investigation (it's still active, the police say), and rumors--like the one that claims building on the site of an unsolved arson is a no-no--are running rampant. The Stranger's attempts to reach the owner of the property were unsuccessful.

"We were never given any info about the fire," says neighbor Ann Christiansen, who lives two blocks north. "We're a little disappointed that nothing was ever communicated." So she took matters into her own hands a few weeks ago, putting in a call to Fire Marshal Gregory Dean and convincing him to send a fire-department rep out to the neighborhood--along with people from the police department and the Department of Design, Construction and Land Use--on September 24 to set the record straight. Since then, she's been passing out fliers to get folks to her Whittier Elementary School meeting. "I just want to get everyone on the same page."


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