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Arson suspected in Yakima-areas fires

Associated Press - November 12, 2007 9:05 AM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Fires have caused damage estimated at more than half a million dollars to a property owner west of Yakima, and investigators say arson is suspected.

According to a news release, the first fire was reported at 7:10 a.m. Sunday. West Valley Fire Captain Christy Boisselle says 38 firefighters spent more than six hours extinguishing flames that spread to 4,000 wooden fruit bins. Damage was estimated at $480,000.

Fires also were reported later Sunday in a Naches Heights camp trailer and an unoccupied house on the same property. Damage to the house was estimated at about $100,000.

Naches Heights Fire Chief Chris O'Dell says both of those fires were set. The trailer, house and bins all belong to Rene Garcia of G&G Orchards. No injuries were reported.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com

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