9 July 2010 - An apparent anti-police arsonist entered the new City Hall, used some kind of chemical accelerant and set fire to a stack of construction materials, causing an undetermined amount of damage and setting back a $35.6 million project that had been on schedule.
Firefighters were called to the four-story building under construction in the 600 block of Fourth Avenue East at 5:34 a.m. Thursday. They put the fire out within minutes, but the damage was done. The fire, though confined to one room, spread smoke through the building, blackening new drywall. It also melted wiring on the first and second floors.
It’s unclear when the fire was started, but it was after workers had quit for the day on Wednesday.
The fire was set in what will become the police department’s squad room, said Rick Dougherty, project manager for the new City Hall.