Hoquiam Police are investigating an arson fire which started in a dumpster behind an auto body repair shop in the 400 block of Ontario Street. Video surveillance caught the suspect first walking past the location in the alley and then walking back to light combustibles left in the dumpster. The flames spread up and through the back of the building, causing thousands of dollars in structural and interior damage. The quick work of the Hoquiam Fire Department prevented a total loss of the structure and contents.
The suspect appears to be a younger male, average height and build.
There have been additional small arson fires in the area over the past several months, mainly limited to recycling containers behind businesses. At this time it is unknown if related to this case.
If you have any information you’re asked to contact Sgt. Don Wertanen at the Hoquiam Police Department: 532-0892 x 282. Report any suspicious activity in your area to 911.