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Two suspicious fires keep Yakima firefighters busy Sunday

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Yakima, WASH--Two early morning fires kept Yakima Firefighters busy Sunday.

The first fire started around 3:30 a.m. at the Cascade Apartments on East A Street.

Firefighters said the smoke in the stairwells was leading to the second floor. The fire was contained to a single room, and crews quickly put it out.

Officials said the fire was intentionally set by one of the residents suffering from mental health issues. The occupant has not been seen since the evacuation.

About an hour later, around 4:30 a.m., Yakima Firefighters responded to another fire on the 1100 block of Garfield Avenue.

They found a heavily involved structure, and firefighters said neighbors told them people might still be inside. One occupant was in a wheelchair.

Crews then went into rescue mode. Firefighters said one of the residents was acting erratically and was taken into police custody for questioning.

Crews said the fire is considered suspicious and is still under investigation. The building is likely a total loss, and no injuries were reported.