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Police say man torched trash can to stay warm, protest bus hours

An upcoming cut in Pierce Transit’s service hours has generated heated comments from the public at board meetings, but Saturday police say it prompted actual flames at a Tacoma bus stop.

When officers arrived about 10 p.m. at South 56th Street and Pacific Avenue South after getting a call about a fire there, a 72-year-old man at the bus stop told them he started the blaze because he was cold and to protest reduced transit hours, police spokesman Naveed Benjamin said.

No one was injured, and the man was arrested without incident for investigation of arson, Benjamin said.

Tacoma Fire responded,

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Tacoma police looking for person of interest in PetSmart fire

UPDATE: Police are no longer looking for the  man, as he contacted police to identify himself, and plans to meet with detectives, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The investigation is ongoing.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma police are looking for a person of interest in the arson fire at the Tacoma Central PetSmart store Feb. 28, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said today.

The man is shown in surveillance footage released by the department as wearing a black zip-up hoody sweatshirt.

“He made some statement about being a firefighter when he was asked to leave the store,” Cool said. “When the fire crews arrived,

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Woman set car on fire after argument, police say

A domestic argument ended in arson Saturday night when a woman poured gasoline on her boyfriend’s car and lit it on fire, according to Tacoma police.

Officers were called just after 9 p.m. to the 7900 block of Tacoma Avenue South.

Firefighters responded and put out the blaze.

Officers were not able to locate the female suspect.


Saturday night house fire intentionally set, Tacoma fire says

A house fire Saturday night in the 6600 block of South Warner Street was intentionally set, according to Tacoma Fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported about 11:30 p.m.

Fire and smoke was showing from the one-story house when firefighters arrived.

The estimated damage is $103,500.

Fire investigators referred the blaze to Tacoma police.


Vehicle bursts into flames in suspected arson

Police and firefighters responded to a suspected arson last night in the 400 block of East 57th Street, Tacoma police said.

Witnesses told police two cars pulled up, one drove away, and the remaining vehicle burst into flames.

Firefighters put out the blaze.

Police tried but were not able to contact the person the damaged vehicle was registered to, they said.


Tacoma police, fire investigate arson at building downtown

Investigators have determined that a fire late Monday at a commercial building downtown was arson.

Tacoma firefighters and police officers responded to the blaze at 1224 Tacoma Ave. S. on Monday night. The flames were contained to the outside of the two-story building, Tacoma police reported. The interior of the building sustained some smoke damage.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire.

An investigator responded to the scene and determined the fire to be arson. The cause was unknown but no incendiary devices were found.

There were no suspects in the blaze, police reported.


Deputies want to ID woman in connection with arsons at Spanaway stores

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is releasing surveillance images of a woman they’d like to talk to as part of their investigation into arsons Wednesday night at two Spanaway stores.

Security cameras at Kmart captured the woman walking out a side door with a shopping cart full of merchandise after a fire erupted inside the store about 7:30 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

She hid the cart in the alley. A short time later, another fire was started in the Dollar Store near the Kmart.

Sheriff’s deputies found the shopping cart and will be processing it as evidence, Troyer

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Man charged in arson at South Verde Street home

Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of setting fire to his girlfriend’s parents’ South Tacoma home last month.

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged James F. Patterson, 25, with first-degree arson, first-degree residential burglary and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. He was being held in Pierce County Jail on suspicion of $150,000 bail.

Flames burned the home in the 5600 block of South Verde Street the morning of Sept. 26. No one was inside at the time. Investigators discovered several starting points for the fire in the home.

Through the investigation, detectives discovered Patterson was living with the homeowners’ daughter.

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