EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police say a small fire that started in a dumpster and another that sparked shortly afterward are being added to their list of suspicious fires.
About 20 emergency personnel responded to a fire that sparked in a dumpster near Highway 99 off Fosch Street in an industrial area around 6:30 a.m. Monday. Someone spotted smoke near the former States Industries building and called 911. Crews got the flames under control pretty fast and the fire barely touched the building.
EPD and the fire marshal say they believe the fire looks like it was started intentionally. They also discovered a storage lock was missing. The dumpster was full of wood and appeared to have been there for some time.
“I would say the damage estimate is very minimal. There was some damage to the siding which is all metal, and so probably less than a thousand dollars,” said Battalion Chief Craig Shelby, Eugene Fire Department Battalion Chief.
Investigators say another fire was set near North Cleveland Street, not long after the first one, between an office building and a fence. There was nearly no damage there. Now investigators are working to determine whether the two are related and if those can also be tied to the recent string of fires also suspected of arson in the Eugene area.