Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews were investigating two small fires early today along Canyon Road East in unincorporated Pierce County.
It was not immediately known what caused the fires, which were considered suspicious. However, investigators suspected they were connected based on their proximity in time and location, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Randy Stephens said.
Firefighters were called to the first blaze just before 2 a.m. They arrived at an abandoned home at 152nd Street East and Canyon Road and found a small fire burning inside, the department reported.
While they were dousing the flames, crews were called to the second blaze – a pile of old pallets, tire and other debris – at 144th Street East and Canyon Road. The pile was located in a vacant lot next to a commercial building, the department reported.
Crews extinguished the flames. No injuries were reported.
It was not known whether this morning’s fires are connected to two arsons in buildings at the old, vacant Pioneer Museum property in recent weeks.
“There is nothing as far as (how the fires are set) or evidence at the scene to indicate they are related,” Stephens said. “We just don’t have enough evidence or even anyone to interview to determine whether they are related.”
The first fire was reported early on June 27 on the property in the 2100 block of 22nd Street Southeast. Firefighters found heavy flames coming from the building and needed more than two hours to extinguish.
The second fire was early Monday in another building on the property, Stephens said.
“We are not sure what is going on there but definitely someone setting those,” he added.