[UPDATE 6:19 p.m.] Suspicious Fire in Arcata This Afternoon, 3rd Fire in Two Years at This Location

Jenny Williamson, the spokesperson for the Arcata Fire Protection District reports that there was a fire at the corner of H Street and Samoa Boulevard in an unoccupied structure. Fire crews were dispatched to the site at 4:16 p.m.

“It’s suspicious in nature,” Williamson said. She added that Arcata Fire is working with the Arcata Police department to determine the cause of the fire.

“No injuries reported,” Williamson said. See map below for approximate location. Images will be following shortly.

CaptureUpdate 5:35 p.m.: Photos by Oliver Cory.

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UPDATE 6:18 p.m.:

Just after 4:00 PM Arcata Fire District responded to a reported structure fire located in the 300 block of H Street. The structure is a single family residence being used as a commercial occupancy. At the time of the fire, the structure was unoccupied.
Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Sean Campbell reported visible flames on the front porch of the structure extending up to the eaves. There was also light smoke coming from the eaves. Within a few minutes, the first engine arrived on scene and started to deploy their hose line to extinguish the fire. At the same time two other Chief Officers who had arrived on scene shortly before the engine, deployed a dry chemical fire extinguisher and a water extinguisher to slow the spread of the fire. Fire Chief Cowan approached the fire first with his dry chemical extinguisher with Assistant Chief McDonald as backup with his water extinguisher. Within a few second Chief Cowan and Chief McDonald controlled the fire. Arcata fire crews continued to work the scene to ensure there was no fire extension into the attic or under the porch. “Fortunately for the owner the fire happened in the middle of the day and with the close proximity of our fire station we were able to contain this fire with minimal damage” stated Fire Chief Cowan.
The fire appears to be suspicious in nature and the Arcata Fire District is coordinating its efforts with the Arcata Police Department in the investigation. This is the third fire at this location in the past two years.
No injuries were reported and the damage is unknown at this time.



  • Hmmm…. seems theres an arsonist with a fetish for front doorways. The chinese restaurant and now this one

  • While driving by, I’ve seen some of the homeless and/or inebriated people who stagger around the intersection of H and Samoa take shelter on that porch now and then. My prediction is, it will be found to be camping related. Arcata seems to have a large population of, um, visitors right now.

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