Three fires in West Valley - Bin fire could be seen for milesPosted: Updated:
West Valley, WA - Firefighters respond to three fires in West Valley and now investigators think two might be arson.
The biggest fire was at the CPC warehouse in the 127000 block of Occidental Avenue.
Firefighters got called out at 3:30am and there was little that they could except control it. Ten thousand plastic and wooden bins went up in smoke. Investigators say it looks suspicious. It took about three hours to put it out. Total damage estimated at one million dollars.
About a mile away, someone tried to set fire to a new home under construction on Barber Road.
A neighbor saw it across Cottonwood Canyon and drove over with a fire extinguisher to put it out. Investigators are positive this fire is arson, but there was no damage to the home.
A small cabin fire off Tieton Drive happened earlier this morning, but is believed to be accidental.
The people who live this far out in West Valley, live here to be close to orchards and because it's peaceful country.
But they got a rude awakening when a massive been fire burned for several hours.
"Well, we were sleeping and our power went out and my husband has a CPAT machine to help him breathe when he sleeps," says Carol Splawn, a West Valley resident, "It woke us up because it turned off and he quit breathing."
The whole mess will cost the CPC Warehouse an estimated one million dollars.
It also damaged a Pacific Power transmission line, which knocked out power in 22-thousand homes all over the valley for about an hour.
"Oh my gosh, we couldn't believe how the high flames were," says Splawn, who could see the fire four miles away from her bedroom.
"My stomach is still in a knot to think something like this could have happened," says Rafael Martinez.
He got a text message from a friend at work that an arsonist had targeted a home he is building.
Martinez says he and his wife both work and have been saving to build their dream home in Cottonwood Canyon.
"This is our dream home. We've been working on it for five or six years. Somebody didn't care about somebody else's dream."
The West Valley Fire Chief says they have been getting tips called in.
If you have any information, you are asked to call the Yakima Fire Department.
The West Valley Fire Department has responded to multiple arson and suspicious fires since late July that they say could possibly be connected.
The fires all targeted abandoned structures, or bins. But there's concern that will someone will eventually get hurt.
The first fire happened on July 27th, 2007. Three abandoned structures were hit on 84th and Coolidge, Zier and Dazat and Zier and Occidental.
Then on November 11th, there were two fires. Four thousand bins burned down on Mize and Summitview Extension. And barn was destroyed on 86th and Occidental.
A day later, there were two more fires; a bin fire on Olson and Yule, as well as a barn fire on 66th and Prospect.
Fire Investigators say the best thing that people who live in the area can do is stay vigilant. Keep their eyes open and report any suspicious activity.