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Loose Garbage Becomes Target for Arsonists in Yakima

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Don't make it any easier for arsonists by leaving your garbage out in the open. Don't make it any easier for arsonists by leaving your garbage out in the open.

YAKIMA, WA - Don't make it any easier for arsonists by leaving your garbage out in the open.

Yakima firefighters said a recent string of arsons including two just this week, were caused by people setting fire to debris outside buildings. Firefighters said you should always properly dispose of trash and keep the containers in a secure area

"We've been telling everyone to keep our garbage cans away from the house," said Debra Tibbett.

"We keep it inside the fence to be safe," said Damien Mitchell.

Tibbett said somebody set a handful of fires in her neighborhood along South 14th Street.

She said it's concerning. She keeps her dogs close by to tip her off if there's any suspicious activity around her house.

"Lot of kids," said Tibbett. "A lot of teenage kids at night that spray paint the fences and that's why I have my dog outside because I hear that howling noise, I know my dog's warning us about something."

"Costing us problems and damage, and when the damage gets done we don't have no money to pay for the damage," said Mitchell.

Firefighters said they can't say for sure if the recent arson cases along South 9th Avenue, South 11th Avenue and South 14th Avenue are connected and if the same person is responsible.

Crews also tell us the fires are happening between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. So whoever is setting these fires is doing it in broad daylight.

Firefighters said if you see any suspicious cars or activity in the alleyways please call police.