Series of Likely Arson Fires Last Night in Eureka
Humboldt Bay firefighters kept busy with structure fires and series of dumpster type fires in the Eureka area last night. More information on the structure fires will come out later today, but the dumpster fires “are likely” arson, according to Humboldt Bay Fire’s Battalion Chief Nick Launius.
The long night for firefighters began at 10:13 p.m. with an unknown item on fire behind the Flamingo Hotel on Broadway. It was quickly extinuished.
Then, in the early morning hours, there was a possibly related fire in a dumpster inside a storage building on 3rd Street.
Then around 5 a.m., in the 600 block of Summer Street another dumpster appears to have been set on fire next to a building.
At 6:30 this morning a large trash bin next to a building on F Street also erupted into flames.
And then finally this morning at 8:39 a.m., Humboldt Bay Firefighters were called to another fire–this time in a large garbage can in the 1400 block of Broadway.
The Trash container was “fully involved” and then “smoldering” after being extinguished by a neighbor, according to Battalion Chief Launius. He also tells us that video footage from a business has captured what they believe is the suspect and it will be forwarded to Eureka Police for investigation.
“We’re looking for any video footage [of any of the fires] and then we’ll pass it on,” Launius explained.