No injuries were reported and one woman is in custody after several incidents involving fires at businesses in East Aberdeen. Battalion Chief Damon Lillybridge tells us that the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to three different fire locations involving the Aberdeen Hotel, Walmart, and Goodwill.

It began around 5:30 Thursday evening, firefighters were called to a small fire in room 208 of the Aberdeen Hotel in the 700 block of Heron Street. Around 6:30 fire was reported nearby at Walmart, employees reported and helped to douse small fires in the automotive, stationary and dairy departments. At 6:45 they were called to the report of a fire at the Goodwill in the Olympic Gateway Plaza. Walmart closed their store last night and reopened at 7 A.M. Friday morning.

All three fires appear to involve a single individual who purposely started the fires in separate areas throughout the three different locations. Lillybridge said that no injuries and only minimal damages were reported. “Thankfully all the fires were noticed and extinguished early by observant employees and Managers using dry chemical extinguishers and water. There was no structural damage to any of the buildings, however all three businesses did have smoke that required venting and minor damage to contents. ” The three incidents involved 10 fire personnel four apparatus including a Ladder Truck, Engine, Medic Unit and Command Vehicle. There were no injuries resulting from this incident.

Lt. Kevin Darst with the Aberdeen Police Department said this morning that at about 5:30 P.M. Thursday Aberdeen Police Officers responded to a fire at the Aberdeen Hotel.  When Officer arrived on scene, the fire was in Room #208.  The room was not occupied at the time.  A short time later, Aberdeen Officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart for someone setting rags on fire in the Wal-Mart.  The Aberdeen Officers on scene were able to access video of the inside of the store and identify the suspect.  Officers were then advised of someone lighting fires in the Goodwill store located next door to Wal-Mart.  The Aberdeen Officers responded to the Goodwill Store.

The Officers were able to tie the female suspect to all three fires and began a search for her.  A short time later, Officers located the 35 year old  white female on Wishkah Street in front of Taco Bell.  She was placed under arrest and booked into the Aberdeen City Jail without incident. The suspect had changed clothes during the incident.
The suspect was interviewed this morning and will be transferred to the Grays Harbor County Jail for arraignment on 4 counts of Arson.
There was a fourth Arson at an apartment on H Street in Aberdeen a short time before the other fires were started.  It was later tied to the same suspect.
Wal-Mart is estimating damages at about $4,000.  The Goodwill estimated damages at less than $20.  We don’t have an estimate for damages at the other two locations.