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Street of Dreams arson fires

On March 3, 2008, multi-million dollar oven were set on fire in Echo Lake , Washington , on Echo Lake Road, off of State Highway 522 . [1] Spray-painted slogans on one of the burned houses’ fences attributed to the Earth’s Liberation Front , with words such as “Built Green? Nope black! McMansions in RCDs r not green.ELF.” ELF is a collective name for anonymous and autonomous individuals or groups that uses “economic sabotage and guerrilla warfare to stop the exploitation and destruction of the natural environment”. [2]

The houses were built in the summer of 2007 as part of “Seattle Street of Dreams” project, an annual showcase of the United States and parts of Canada . The 2007 theme was ” green and sustainable building”; one property had won an award from a local group known as BuiltGreen. [3]

Residents and drivers within the area immediately called nearby fire departments , who were able to save one of the four houses set on fire. The fire caused $ 7 million worth of damage. [4] No one was injured in the fire, as the homes were unoccupied at the time. The homes were rebuilt after the fire.

The FBI , Police , and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are currently investigating the incident. Some question whether the arson was an ELF action or an act of insurance fraud. [5] [6] The developer of one of the houses destroyed in the first place has been pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree theft associated with his construction projects. [7]


  1. Jump up^ Suspicious fires destroy 3 Street of Dreams homes, damage 1, Snohomish County, Seattle Times, March 3, 2008
  2. Jump up^ “SUV Armageddon Approaching?” . Because Keys. August 29, 2003. Archived from the original on March 12, 2004.
  3. Jump up^ “Quinn Crossing Fire Update 3-3-08 3:00 PM” . Seattle Street of Dreams. March 3, 2008 . Retrieved 2008-03-04 .
  4. Jump up^ “Burning Luxury Homes in Apparent Eco-Attack” . AP . March 3, 2008. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008.
  5. Jump up^ Street of Dreams: ELF Arson, or Insurance Scheme? , “Green Is The New Red”, April 28, 2010.
  6. Jump up^ Arson group retreats even more into shadows, The Seattle Times, March 18, 2008.
  7. Jump up^ ‘Street of Dreams’ homebuilder pleads guilty to stealing sales tax, The Seattle Times, August 11, 2010.

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