Seattle fire burned historic building

SEATTLE (AP) - A Christmas Eve fire in Seattle's international district has raised some old ghosts.

The building that erupted in flames Tuesday afternoon was the site of Washington state's deadliest mass killing _ the 1983 Wah Mee massacre.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://is.gd/OtVYBQ) the mostly vacant building has been on the Seattle Fire Department's dangerous list because of the high risk of fire and collapse.

Authorities say Tuesday's fire was unrelated to the building's history, but locals found the coincidence creepy.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 1983, three men entered the illegal Wah Mee gambling club in the building's basement and hogtied, robbed and shot 14 patrons. Thirteen of them died. One survived and was able to identify the assailants.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com


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