Third Suspicious Fire In Less Than A Week

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Capt. Eric Reiber, Incident Commander
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 3:46 am                     Fire prevention officer Rich Dragoo
                                                                     WSU Fire Marshal Rod Holmes

THIRD SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN LESS THAN A WEEK

College of Veterinary Medicine's McCoy Hall latest target

PULLMAN—Washington State University Police officers are conducting an arson investigation of McCoy Hall on the WSU campus that was hit Tuesday morning by a another suspicious fire.   This makes it the third suspicious fire in a week.

Whitcom, the 911 dispatch center, received an alarm from McCoy hall around 12:30 am and dispatched Pullman firefighters to the building.  Firefighters started searching the large structure along, along with WSU police officers, and found nothing.  Then they discovered the sprinkler system had been triggered in an isolated part of the structure that was only accessible through the south entrance.

WSU police say a suspect in this arson fire gained entry by smashing the window at the south entrance.   Inside firefighters and police officers found several points of ignition that the suspect used to start several fires.  Fire damage was kept to a minimum because the overhead sprinkler system was activated and extinguished the flames.  There was very little fire damage but there was extensive water damage to the lower floor.

The building and area surrounding McCoy Hall was immediately cordoned off as a crime scene.  WSU police officers, along with fire investigators from WSU and Pullman, are working the scene.  A tracking dog from the Spokane Police Department is also on the scene aiding in the investigation.

Pullman firefighters were called to two other fires that destroyed the community buildings at Nez Perce apartments on Tuesday morning (5/22) and Chief Joseph apartments on Saturday (5/26).

--PFD—

Pullman Fire PIO  Glenn Johnson
Darin Watkins, WSU Director of External Communications