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Arson suspected at DC restaurant associated with 'Pizzagate' conspiracy

Source: The Hill

Arson suspected at DC restaurant associated with 'Pizzagate' conspiracy

BY TAL AXELROD - 01/25/19 06:37 PM EST

Authorities in Washington, D.C., suspect arson was the cause of a fire earlier this week at Comet Ping Pong, the restaurant associated with the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory.

“Our investigation has since determined the fire was intentionally set and we are working to identify a suspect or suspects,” the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said in a statement to The Hill on Friday.

A police report obtained by The Hill said that a partially filled plastic bottle labeled “charcoal lighter fluid” and a box of matches were found in the restaurant, leading to a “unanimous” decision that the fire Wednesday night was the result of arson.

Restaurant employees used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames that consumed some window curtains before first responders arrived, according to D.C. Fire and EMS. No injuries were reported.

The restaurant was the subject of a far-right conspiracy theory that bubbled up during the 2016 presidential race that claimed without evidence that Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats used the site to run a pedophile sex ring.

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Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/427062-arson-suspected-at-dc-restaurant-associated-with-pizzagate

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The man is described as 25 to 30 years old with blond hair and a beard. At the time of the fire, he was wearing jeans and a blue-and-white varsity-style jacket, authorities said. (Courtesy ATF via Twitter)

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Source: WTOP

Suspect sought after arson at DC’s Comet Ping Pong restaurant

By Jack Pointer
January 25, 2019 7:57 pm

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a photo Friday of a suspect being sought in Wednesday night’s arson at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Northwest D.C.

The man is described as 25 to 30 years old with blond hair and a beard. At the time of the fire, he was wearing jeans and a blue-and-white varsity-style jacket, authorities said.

The fire broke out after 9 p.m. Wednesday. NBC Washington reported that it had spread to some curtains and window coverings before employees extinguished it. There were no injuries.

The pizza restaurant on Connecticut Avenue Northwest has been the focus of an online conspiracy theory involving a supposed child sex ring and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In December 2016, this “pizzagate” conspiracy theory prompted a North Carolina man to fire an assault rifle inside the restaurant.

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Read more: https://wtop.com/dc/2019/01/suspect-sought-after-arson-at-dcs-comet-ping-pong-restaurant/

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