Luxury Homes Burn in Apparent Eco-Attack

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Luxury Homes Burn in Apparent Eco-Attack
March 03, 2008 6:47 PM EST

WOODINVILLE, Wash. - Three seven-figure dream homes went up in flames early Monday in a Seattle suburb, apparently set by eco-terrorists who left a sign mocking the builders' claims that the 4,000-plus-square-foot houses were environmentally friendly.

The sign - a sheet marked with spray paint - bore the initials ELF, for Earth Liberation Front, a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s.

The sheriff's office estimated that Monday's pre-dawn fires did $7 million in damage to the "Street of Dreams," a row of unoccupied, furnished luxury model homes where tens of thousands of visitors last summer eyed the latest in high-end housing, interior design and landscaping. Three homes were destroyed and two suffered smoke damage.

Crews removed incendiary devices found in the homes, Snohomish County District 7 Fire Chief Rick Eastman said. Later, however, Kelvin Crenshaw, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Seattle, said there was no evidence such devices had been used.

The FBI was investigating the fires as a potential domestic terrorism act, said FBI spokesman Rich Kolko in Washington, D.C.

No injuries were reported in the fires, which began before dawn in the wooded subdivision and were still smoldering by midmorning.

The sign left behind said in red scraggly letters, "Built Green? Nope black!" and "McMansions in RCDs r not green," a reference to rural cluster developments.

One alleged ELF activist is on trial in Tacoma in the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's Center for Urban Horticulture. Investigators had no evidence linking the fires to the trial, Seattle FBI agent Fred Gutt said.

The homes that burned were between 4,200 and 4,750 square feet, are on sale at prices up to nearly $2 million.

One of the people involved in the project said the homes used "green" techniques such as water-pervious sidewalks, super-insulated walls and windows and products made with recycled materials, such carpet pads.

"It's very disappointing to take a situation where we're tying to promote good building practices - Built Green practices - and that it's destroyed," said Doug Barnes, the Northwest division president of Centex Homes in Kirkland.

Many cities have events similar to the Seattle Street of Dreams, which has been held since the 1980s. Advertising for last summer's show focused on the environmentally friendly aspects of the homes, which were smaller than some of the houses featured in years past.

"We are stunned by this event, and we thank God that each of the homes were unoccupied and that there were no apparent injuries," Seattle Street of Dreams Inc. President John Heller said in a news release.

The homes are in a development near the headwaters of Bear Creek, which is home to endangered chinook salmon. Opponents of the development had questioned whether the luxury homes could pollute the creek and an aquifer that is a drinking water source, and whether enough was done to protect nearby wetlands.

The FBI has said the ELF and a sister group, the Animal Liberation Front, have committed hundreds of criminal acts.

ELF is known for trying to cause economic damage to companies or organizations it considers to be harming the environment. The group has no organized structure or leadership; typically, autonomous cells of activists take "direct actions" such as arsons and claim responsibility on behalf of ELF.

In 2005, federal authorities charged more than a dozen people involved in an ELF cell known as "the Family" and centered near Olympia, Wash., and Eugene, Ore. The group was responsible for at least 17 fires around the West from 1996 to 2001 - most notoriously, the 1998 destruction of a lodge at the Vail ski resort in Colorado, a fire that caused $12 million in damage.

A federal jury in Tacoma was deliberating in the case of another accused ELF activist. Briana Waters could face at least 35 years if convicted of helping to firebomb the UW horticulture building in 2001.

Waters' lawyer, Robert Bloom, asked the judge to declare a mistrial Monday morning, citing the possibility that the fires - and their ensuing publicity - could influence the jury.

"It is inconceivable that anybody who is supporting Briana's case could have been responsible for this," Bloom said.

The judge rejected Bloom's request.

Waters, a 32-year-old violin teacher from Oakland, Calif., is accused of serving as a lookout while her friends planted the firebomb, which caused $7 million in damage. The horticulture center was targeted because the ELF activists mistakenly believed researchers there were genetically engineering trees, investigators said.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.
 

ruckstande

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I guess setting homes filled with various toxic materials is even more ecofriendlier.
 

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Considering the housing decline there might be a little bit more to the story if one digs deep enough..."whaa"
 

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Could be.

Who better to blame then some smelly eco-terrorist, that is if your insurance policy covers such things.
 
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Considering the housing decline there might be a little bit more to the story if one digs deep enough..."whaa"

You have a dark turn of mind sir. I like it.


Yes, we'll be seeing many more house burnings in the near future.
 

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You have a dark turn of mind sir. I like it.


Yes, we'll be seeing many more house burnings in the near future.

yes, yes, and yes. blaming the "eco terrorists" is the easy way out, the high end house market is in the total shitter, want to bet they collect the money for the houses and never bother to rebuild them. i smell a fucking rat, and the police and fire people are just going to "leave it open"
 
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I test cosmetics on animals in my garage and I actually have a device that emits "Greenhouse Gasses" from my chimney.

Nope, no real reason, I just like it that my house destroys the planet.

To arms!
 
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I expect many SUV dealerships to be targets as well if the economy gets even shittier. We'll have Eco-terrorists coming out our assholes.
 

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I expect many SUV dealerships to be targets as well if the economy gets even shittier. We'll have Eco-terrorists coming out our assholes.
that's already started, at a hummer dealer, someone burned up about 20 of those gas guzzling albatrosses a couple of summers when gas spiked at over 3$ a gal
 

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E.L.F. burns Eco-friendly homes

Metro News Source:

>>High Reward Offered For Arrest Of Luxury Home Arsons

(Maltby, WA) -- A 110-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Monday morning's spectacular fires that destroyed three-luxury homes and damaged two others in a new, upscale Maltby-area neighborhood. Firefighters from several districts were called to the mansions built for last-year's Street of Dreams in a heavily wooded area. Despite being "Green Built," a banner unfurled at the entrance to the neighborhood ridiculed the developer and claimed the arsons were the work of the eco-terrorist group Earth Liberation Front over clearing of trees and filling of wetlands to make way for the homes. None of the fully furnished spec residences were occupied and there are no reports of injuries. Damage is estimated at over seven-million-dollars. The case is under investigation by the Snohomish County Fire Marshal, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Anyone with information should call 911 or 800-55-ARSON immediately.
It doesn't make it clear in this story, but the homes were winning awards for being friendly to the environment. The ELF are retards.
 
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Thos ELF and ALF motherfuckers just need to be rounded up and beaten to death.

They are fucking lunatics that if they don't get their way will destroy land and homes so the owner can't use either.
 

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Thos ELF and ALF motherfuckers just need to be rounded up and beaten to death.

They are fucking lunatics that if they don't get their way will destroy land and homes so the owner can't use either.
They eat cats and make toys. It's utter madness.

(Personally, I prefer the Liberation Front of Earth to the Earth Liberation Front.)
 

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We need to bring back the old abandoned practice of removing the protection of the law from some people.
 

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So they burned the houses down for not being "green" enough? Isn't that sort of like destroying your umbrella for not stopping enough rain? How the fuck does that help the problem?
 

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Didnt the smoke from the fires do even more damage to the environment? Not to mention the aftermath of the fires runoff to the creeks? Its like killing abortion doctors to stop them killing babies, I just dont get it.
 

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Well I hope the arsonist hippies all live in tents or 100% bio-friendly dwellings and ride bikes. I'd hate for somebody to label them hypocrites.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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ummm. yea hippys didnt burn them down the builder/investers/insurance company did
 

BIV

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ummm. yea hippys didnt burn them down the builder/investers/insurance company did
Anywhere else in the country and I might agree with you. But this is the Pacific Northwest and these ELF fags are everywhere up here.

Besides, the homes are being rebuilt using the exact same plans.
 

BIV

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that's already started, at a hummer dealer, someone burned up about 20 of those gas guzzling albatrosses a couple of summers when gas spiked at over 3$ a gal
And the burning of the Hummers released more pollution into the air then the vehicles themselves would have in their entire life. The ELF are retards.
 

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And the burning of the Hummers released more pollution into the air then the vehicles themselves would have in their entire life. The ELF are retards.
Good point and yes sir, they are retards.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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oh trust me i cant stand those fucking hypocrite's