(Updated 6:04 a.m. ) Fires and Vandalism Keeping Police and Firefighters Busy
A 43 year old man is facing charges after a series of fires and broken windows were found in downtown Yakima Monday night and early Tuesday.
Six dumpster and/or rubbish fires were reported in an area between Naches Avenue and 3rd Avenue along the Yakima Avenue corridor. Authorities say all six fires were intentionally set by someone. Yakima Police say they also responded to a series of broke windows in the downtown area on Monday night. On Tuesday Yakima Police say a 43 year old Yakima man was arrested for multiple counts of reckless burning. The man is being held in the Yakima County jail.
Yakima Fire Department firefighters were busy with seven fires in six hours from Monday night through early Tuesday morning.
A news release from the department says the first of the seven fires was reported at about 9:30 p.m. at a 4-plex in the 600 block of West Nob Hill Blvd. After the fire was doused one person was displaced and no injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $30,000.
Six other fires involved dumpster and/or rubbish fires in an area between Naches Avenue and 3rd Avenue along the Yakima Avenue corridor. Authorities say all six fires were intentionally set by someone. Yakima Police say they also responded to a series of broken windows in the downtown area on Monday night. Police are searching for clues and they're hoping you can help. If you were a witness to, or if your video surveillance happened to capture any of the incidents, call Yakima Police at 575-6200.
Yakima Police has created the SafeCam program which allows business owners, tenants and homeowners the opportunity to register their personal security cameras with the Yakima Police Department. By registering your camera, officers will have a better knowledge of which area to check for video footage of nearby incidents. This does NOT provide YPD with remote access to your camera; by having your camera registered, you will be providing detectives with the ability to solve the crimes in your neighborhood faster.