Fire crews found a small, smoldering fire on a rooftop overhang at Kitsap Bank in Poulsbo. (Kitsap Daily News)

Fire crews found a small, smoldering fire on a rooftop overhang at Kitsap Bank in Poulsbo. (Kitsap Daily News)

Molotov cocktails used in Poulsbo bank arson

Fire crews found a smoldering fire at the bank, which they quickly extinguished.

Poulsbo Police Department and investigators with the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating an apparent arson at Kitsap Bank in Poulsbo.

Poulsbo Fire Department Duty Chief Chris Morrison confirmed that an initial investigation found that four Molotov-like incendiary devices had been used in an attempt to set fire to the bank.

Morrison said fire crews arrived at 8:05 a.m. to find a small, smoldering fire on a rooftop overhang at the bank which they quickly extinguished. Shortly after arriving, Morrison said the responders found evidence of the Molotov cocktails and detected the odor of accelerant as well.

“It looked like there might have been a wick in one,” Morrison said, explaining crews found remnants of one of the devices beside a wall and another three on the building’s overhang.

“They’re looking at security footage right now,” Morrison said. “They had a suspicious vehicle around there yesterday afternoon and they’re trying to find out if that is related.”

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

This story originally appeared in the Kitsap Daily News, a sibling paper of The Daily Herald.

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