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4 suspicious fires in Yakima Thursday morning

Courtesy: Jessie Cabrera

YAKIMA -- Fire crews in Yakima responded to four separate fires Thursday morning, one that did more than a million dollars in damage at a warehouse. YFD says all are considered suspicious.

Crews first were called out to a brush fire at the Yakima Greenway at 1:41 a.m. 911 callers said trees and brush were burning near HWY 12 and 16th Avenue.

Just 10 minutes after responding the the fire at the Greenway, crews spotted a fire in the pallets of cardboard at Fruit Packers Supply Inc. on 16th Avenue.

Firefighters said heat from the burning product also caused minor damage to some lumber near the neighboring building, Yakima Specialties.

The fire knocked down power lines and damaged transformers, causing power outages for areas of the city of Yakima.

The Fire Department says there was about a million dollars in property loss at the fire, but that they were able to save more than $5 million worth of product and property at the warehouse.

Because the Greenway and warehouse fire happened near the same time and only blocks away, YFD says it believes the two may be connected.

Soon after the warehouse fire, at approximately 3:40 a.m. crews responded to a dumpster fire in an alley at 202 East Chestnut, near the Orion Theater.

Crews say this fire was also suspicious and are looking at security cameras in the area.

At 7:15 a.m. people called 911 with reports of smoke near the Greenway at N 6th Avenue & Gordon Road.

Responding crews found a small fire and say they were quickly able to put it out.

All of the fires are considered suspicious and anyone with information is asked to call the Yakima Fire Department at 509-575-6060.

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