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Motel fire in Yakima declared arson; suspect arrested

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YAKIMA, WA - According to police, the woman whose accused of starting a fire at the Sunshine Motel in Yakima had recently been evicted.

Surveillance video is also showing the woman hiding behind a dumpster. When she leaves, you can see it go up in flames, spreading to the complex around 7 a.m. Friday. Luckily motel guests got out safely and no injuries were reported. 

There's about $100,000 in damage there now.

She's facing charges of arson and malicious mischief.

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YAKIMA, WA - Yakima firefighters say a fire at the Sunshine Motel is arson.

Authorities say a woman set fire to some mattresses behind the motel around 7:30 this morning. The fire quickly spread to a six-unit complex.

Crews got everyone out safely while they started fighting the fire. But before crews arrived, a Sunshine Motel resident helped get people out of the burning units.

"I was leaving this morning to go and get some donuts, and I saw a bunch of black smoke and I turned around and came back," said Wyatt Elmer. "I saw high flames, so I started pounding on doors and kicking doors in."

Damage is estimated at $100,000. 

The woman suspected of starting the fire was arrested later this morning.

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