An alleged serial arsonist, accused of setting multiple fires around Seattle last fall, is back in King County custody. Matthew D. Hooper will be arraigned on four counts of second-degree arson on July 17.

Hooper is suspected of setting five fires between Oct. 28 and Nov. 28, 2018, but is being charged for four set within a three-mile radius over the course of three weeks, including the four-alarm Nov. 10 Gascoigne Lumber Company fire that caused an estimated $4.3 million in damage. It was the first four-alarm fire in Seattle since 2010.

Hooper was identified as a suspect through surveillance footage at each of the locations where he is accused of setting fires.

He is charged with setting a fire at the Elks Club No. 92 near the Fremont Bridge on Nov. 8. He also allegedly admitted to setting a fire at the Christopher Togawa Insurance Building on Oct. 28, which police had not suspected him of prior to his arrest, according to a police report.

After the Gascoigne Lumber fire, Hooper is accused of setting wood pallets on fire that he’d stacked next to the Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Ballard on Nov. 19. He is also charged with setting a fire under a carport next to the Ballard Smoke Shop that was under an apartment building.

SPD Detective John Lewitt’s police report states he contacted Hooper outside St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in late November, at which time he provided the Ballard Food Bank as his address.

By the time charges were filed, Hooper was in custody in Whatcom County pending superior court charges that included two counts of third-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and malicious mischief in the third degree. He could not be moved over to King County to face his arson charges until his previous case was resolved.