Man Arrested Admits To Starting Apartment Fire
The Yakima Police Department arrested 29-year-old Jayme Hernandez-Aria Sunday after he admitted starting an apartment fire that displaced three families. There were no injuries.
The fire was reported at about 4:55 p.m. Sunday at an apartment at 503 South Naches Avenue. When they arrived they found a two story building fully engulfed in flames and Hernandez Aria on the roof.
Officers attempted to talk Hernandez-Aria down from the roof and said he refused a ladder YFD placed next to him for escape. Officers eventually took the man into custody. They say he admitted to starting the fire. He's being held in the Yakima County Jail on a first degree arson charge.
The three families who were displaced are being assisted by the Red Cross.