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Police, fire respond to another suspicious fire at Point Defiance Park

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm with 5 Comments »
April 19, 2011 3:22 pm

Tacoma police are investigating another suspicious fire at Point Defiance Park.

Someone lit toilet paper on fire and placed it in a plastic garbage can inside a men’s public restroom between the zoo and the pagoda structure Monday night, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

A security guard locking up the restrooms found it about 9:35 p.m.  The guard pulled the can outside and called the Tacoma Fire Department, Fulghum said. Firefighters doused the blaze.

The flames did not damage the building.

The fire is the latest in a string of suspicious blazes at the park. The most damaging fire occurred early Friday inside the park’s historic pagoda structure. Flames scorched the main floor and basement of the building and damaged the roof.

On April 11, three garbage cans were set on fire at Owen Beach. The blazes were quickly extinguished.

Tacoma police investigators did not yet know whether Monday night’s fire was related to the pagoda or Owen Beach blazes.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. Brown & Haley didn’t want to pay a candy or soda tax so they gave everyone 13.3 oz of Candy Cane Roca… but now there is no money to keep insane asylums open and now we got crazy homeless arsonists roaming our city parks. Thanks Brown & Haley!

  2. BigSwingingRichard says:

    NineInch: How long have you been out?

  3. I got my can of roca… don’t you worry.

  4. I wondered what the B&H comments were about. Okay, got it now. This guy is clearly living in the park. We need overnight security there. Who’s going to pay for that???

  5. thebestofthebest says:

    I wrote this comment a couple of days ago about a fire in Parkland.

    What, a 20 minute drive from there to the Pagoda at Point Defiance?

    Camouflaged or Hidden, Extreme High-Resolution Cameras…Placed at angles to see people, faces, vehicles, and license plates. (Not like the ones used on TV in the “Crime Busters” videos. Those videos and photos are so poor in quality (low resolution), they would only serve to encourage criminals!)

    Plain-clothes, police ((((placed))), (not patroling) in (non-police vehicles) at O-dark-thirty.

    When you pick-up on something, then you follow at a distance.

    You want it to stop right? You want to catch and convict, right?

    It’s surprising how easy it is catch people running red-lights with cameras, but how difficult it is to outsmart someone who returns to scene of the crime and commits another crime.

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