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Paterson Wildfires Ruled Suspicious

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PATERSON, Wash.--According to Benton County Fire District #6 staff, four separate brush fires started simultaneously late Thursday (May 22nd) morning.

The District Fire Chief told mentioned all the fires occurred within six miles of each other.

Multiple Benton County Fire Districts assisted as well as Kennewick Fire Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

As a precaution, Paterson Elementary School was evacuated. School buses helped take close to 100 students off campus where they waited to return.

The cause of these fires is still under investigation. Although, one fire captain says something doesn't smell right.

"It's suspicious to me," says Benton County Fire District #6 Captain Bill Thompson. Like I said, it's still under investigation."

About 160 acres were burned.

Captain Thompson says dispatch got a report of a car seen near one of the fires around the time it started.