Police: Record-setting rainfall thwarts arson attempt

SEATTLE -- Police are crediting Seattle's record-setting month of rain for stymying an overnight arson attempt in the Central District.

Police say someone tried to torch a half-built home sometime Sunday night or Monday morning, but the structure was so waterlogged it wouldn't burn.

Officers were called to a development located near 21st Avenue East and East Fir Street just after 7 a.m. when work crews found someone had thrown a pair of Molotov cocktails through the window of an unfinished home.

Arson investigators say only one of the Molotov cocktails broke and ignited, but the fire caused little damage and didn't spread because heavy weekend rainfall soaked the site.

Detectives are still looking for the culprit.