Authorities investigating rash of arson fires in Eureka

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EUREKA- Officials with the Eureka Police Department and Humboldt Bay Fire are investigating a rash of arson fires in Eureka over the last two days.

One dumpster fire occurred around 4 a.m. behind Carpet Express on Broadway. Also on Wednesday morning, Eureka City Staff reported seeing the remnants of two small fires outside Eureka City Hall when they arrived to work.  The largest of the six fires happened around 6 a.m. on Thursday at the Wharfinger Building.  A pile of flammable materials was ignited at the entrance and caused hundreds of dollars in damage.  Other shopping carts and dumpsters were also set on fire at commercial buildings near McCullen Avenue and Allard Avenue.  Fire officials also say someone tried to set a business on McCullen Avenue on fire, causing damage to the outside of the building.

"Some of the precautions that business owners or even residential owners can take is picking up debris that's around the residence, ensuring that their dumpsters aren't overflowing with combustible materials.  Business owners can lock the dumpsters after business hours," said Battalion Chief Chris Emmons with Humboldt Bay Fire.

"It's important for businesses to make sure they have adequate security lighting around the perimeter of the property.  They want to make sure they keep hedges and what not trimmed back that make it easier for suspects to hide," said Captain Steve Watson with the Eureka Police Department.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.