Two fires in vacant Hoquiam houses over the weekend are being investigated.
The Hoquiam Police Department tells KXRO that early Sunday morning at about 3:30am, the Hoquiam Fire Department was sent to a residence in the 500 block of Karr Avenue for a reported structure fire.
A motorist heading to work noticed the fire in the vacant residence and called 911 and when police and fire units arrived they found the home was fully involved.
Hoquiam Police says this same residence had been the victim of fire about a year ago; it was unoccupied and had no power or utilities.
While on the scene blocking the adjacent streets for the fire department, officers heard what sounded like smoke detectors sounding inside a nearby house in the 400 block of Emerson Avenue.
The second house is kiddy-corner across the street from the house that was on fire and when officers checked the second residence they found what appeared to be a small fire on the back porch area which had extended into the kitchen.
This home was also vacant and it was listed for sale, but apparently had a pending offer on it.
According to Hoquiam Police additional personnel and equipment from the Aberdeen Fire Department were called to the scene and fire personnel forced entry into the second house to extinguish the fire.
The first house suffered extensive additional damage and was considered a total loss; the fire in the second home was contained to the back which limited the damage.
Once the fires were extinguished in both structures, fire investigators from the Hoquiam Fire Department partnered with a detective and fire investigators from the Police Department who were called-in to examine the scenes.
They say search warrants were obtained to investigate the fires at both houses as the locations, times and proximity were considered suspicious.
Hoquiam police are still investigating an undetermined fire at a house in the 2000 block of Simpson Avenue from October 3 as well.
In that case, the residence was also unoccupied and had no power or utility services.
Investigators are currently working on the origin and cause of the fires and anyone with information about any of these three fires should contact Detective Don Grossi at 360-532-0892 ext. 295 or email@example.com.
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The department fire investigators assisting are Sergeant Krohn at 360-532-0892 ext. 278 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Officer High at 360-532-0892 ext. 289 or email@example.com.