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Seattle Times: Fire rips through scene of Chinatown massacre

 

Wah Mee MassacreFire tore through a building in Seattle’s International district Christmas Eve that was the scene of the state’s bloodiest massacre in 1983, reports the Seattle Times

The fire caused chaos in the neighborhood, but fortunately no one was injured in the building which houses a bakery, a gift shop and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce on the bottom floors, but was vacant on the top.

The building is best known for the Wah Mee Massacre.(photo from historylink.org) Three gunman entered the gambling club on February 19, 1983, robbing and killing 13 people and injuring one other.

They made off with tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

According to KIRO-TV, the gambling club dated back to the 1920s and hosted some of the highest stake gambling in all of Washington. Police allowed the gambling club to stay open while lining their pockets with bribes.
You can learn more about the fire in the Seattle Times and in the video report from KIRO below.

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