Crime Stoppers in Yakima is looking to put an arsonist away.
YAKIMA, WA - Crime Stoppers in Yakima is looking to put an arsonist away.
"A serial arsonist is very scary and so we want to get this person behind bars, and more than likely somebody knows something," said Mark Peterson, a member of Crime Stoppers. "We're willing to pay a reward because it's a felony."
Jennifer and her daughter used to live in a home along St. Johns Street. Now, they've moved out of state to live with friends because an arsonist torched their car, which spread to their home. We talked to Jennifer on the phone about that awful January day.
"Barely made it out, got our animals out," said Jennifer. "I had to throw them over my fence and got my kid over the fence because we couldn't get out the gate."
Last month, firefighters said someone deliberately set fire to six different cars in the same area.
A fire at Abbott's Printing was also ruled an arson. Firefighters said they responded to an alley behind the printing shop several times for dumpster fires, and eventually one fire made it to the building. At this time we don't know if the car fires and the dumpster fires are related.
Jennifer said she's glad Crime Stoppers is getting involved because whoever is behind these fires took everything.
"They have ruined my life," said Jennifer. "Ruined my life, and my daughter's life. She cannot sleep. I cannot sleep. Our animals are in a healing process as well. Any noise they hear, they're just scared to death."
Firefighters said they don't have any leads at this time.
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