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News Release
Arson Investigation - 10/07/19

On 10-05-2019 around 0200 hours Kelso Police responded to the 300 block of 1st Ave NW for a fire that was believed to have been intentionally ignited.  The fire initially caused damage to one passenger car then transferred to a nearby structure.  The fire was extinguished by Police shortly after arriving on scene.  No persons were injured during the event.

The investigation, in cooperation with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, revealed the fire was intentionally set with the use of an accelerant.  Officers discovered two additional vehicles on site had windows broken out.  It appeared the vehicles damaged were targeted due to others in close proximity that were untouched.   

Witnesses reported seeing at least three subjects flee the scene in a black SUV similar to a Kia Soul.  Officers were able to collect several articles of evidence from the scene.  Those articles will be submitted to the Washington State Crime Lab for further analysis.

This is an active investigation and no further details are being released at this time.

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