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Woman evicted from motel accused of starting fire there

October 16, 2017

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman who was evicted from a Yakima motel is accused of setting a fire that caused more than $100,000 in damages.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the woman, who is homeless, is in Yakima County Jail on investigation of arson and malicious mischief. She was scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.

According to an affidavit by Yakima Police, the Friday morning blaze spread from a dumpster to the roof of a one-story building. Motel guests were evacuated from the property.

Authorities say surveillance video shows the suspect crouching behind the dumpster shortly after 7 a.m., and then the dumpster going up in flames as she left.

A motel employee said the woman and her father were recently evicted from the motel. The worker told them to leave the property before the fire broke out.


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

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