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Two fires in Yakima overnight; probable arson

Two fires in Yakima overnight; probable arson

YAKIMA -- The Yakima Fire Department responded to two fires at vacant buildings within minutes of each other, and investigators say the two were likely set intentionally.

At about 2 a.m. the fire department got the call of a fire on the 600 block on N 16th Ave. The crews that responded found a boarded up and vacant duplex on fire.

Just 10 minutes after the call came in of that fire, another was reported on the 400 block of N 6th Ave. Several crews went to fight that fire, and an engine company from the Yakima Training Center assisted.

Crews there found a home on fire with a blaze that had started in the basement and extended into the upper floors. Fire crews say there was one person injured at the fire who was treated on scene by an ambulance crew and released. Firefighters were on scene for approximately two hours.

Crews spent 2 hours at the fire on 16th Ave to put it out and make sure it was completely extinguished.

Investigators were still on scene as of Tuesday morning. They say there was evidence of arson at the 16th Ave fire and forced entry at the 6th Ave fire.

The fire department believes the two fires are related.

There had been fires at both locations previously.

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