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Investigation Launched Into Twelve Suspicious Fires In Naches

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NACHES, WA. -- Twelve suspicious fires in Naches have residents scared because some have already lost everything.

The last time we were here, we talked to Lesly, a volunteer firefighter who lost everything in a suspicious fire. In just a few weeks, there have been more suspicious fires, leaving people who live here and lost everything to wonder, when will this end? 

Lesly Kezele isn't the only one who has nothing left after this trailer burned to the ground. 

"I was out there dragging hoses with a shovel," Bill Braun said. "I was trying to put the fire out and I couldn't do it. I apologized to him because I couldn't do it. I said I'm sorry."

Bill, who lived with Lesly, said he tried to pour water and throw shovels full of dirt on the fire to try to save the two trailers. But it was too late. 

"Clothes," Bill said, "that's nothing. But the personal stuff that you can never replace, that hurts."

In the few weeks since that suspicious fire, fire departments in the area have been busy. In total, crews have put out almost a dozen suspicious fires according to several sources. On Wednesday, a fire came within feet of this home on Thompson Road.  

"The fire department, thank god, caught that house last night," Bill said. "They weren't able to save this one."

Bill says he's called the Sheriff's Office and the Fire Marshall but he hasn't heard any response. 

"Tell me something!" Bill exclaims. "Don't tell me nothing because this is not fair. To anybody to have to go through this. Not to good people."

That leaves him with this desperate plea.

"Do something about it," Bill said. "Before somebody else has to go through this. Before somebody else has to lose everything they have."

And that plea is all he has left. 

We talked to a fire investigator Thursday who wouldn't tell us much about this case but he did say that he was meeting with Sheriff's Deputies to discuss an action plan. 

We also talked with a detective at the Yakima County Sheriff's Office who says they officially launched an arson investigation into these suspicious fires Thursday. But the detective tells us that finding a suspect in remote areas, like naches heights can be extremely difficult.