Alleged arsonist uses ignitable liquid to start fire in Eureka

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EUREKA – For the second time in three days an alleged arsonist used an ignitable liquid to start a fire.

Humboldt Bay Fire received a call around noon on Monday to report an extinguished fire at a building on the 800 block of 3rd Street in Eureka.

Initial tests revealed the presence of an ignitable liquid such as gasoline, diesel or lighter fluid. Investigators believe the perpetrator ignited the liquid in two different places on the porch, causing damage to the doors and framing. No injuries were reported and Eureka Police are investigating.

Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Emmons said though the fire was likely set over the weekend, no one notified the department until Monday.

Emmons said this is just one in an alarming trend of incidents.

Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Emmons said, “Varying from grass fires to structure fires to vehicle fires, we’ve had a lot of fires within the last several months that have been very suspicious, some of them have been arson, and it’s concerning. It’s very concerning.”