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Authorities seeking help in serial arsons

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Crime Stoppers of Lewis County, the Riverside Fire Authority, and the Centralia Police Department are seeking your assistance in five fires, intentionally set during the early morning hours of May 3 in the greater Chehalis and Centralia area.

The first fire was reported at 1 a.m. at the Firehouse Espresso Stand located at 2391 Kresky Ave., Chehalis. Firefighters found the rear of the structure on fire and the cause of the fire is currently undetermined with an approximate loss of $5,000.

The second fire occurred at 3:20 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene Rectory and Teen Center located at 1219 West First St., Centralia. This fire has been ruled arson with an approximate loss of $30,000.

The third fire occurred at 3:38 a.m. at the Centerville Western Store located at 1500 Lum Road, Centralia. This fire has been ruled arson with an approximate loss of $10,000-$15,000.

The fourth fire occurred at 4:02 a.m. at the Calvary Chapel located at 2502 Seward Ave., Centralia. The church sustained fire damage to a wall. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined with an approximate loss of $5,000.

In addition, at 10 a.m. an arson attempt was discovered to the Cooks Hill Community Church located at 2400 Cooks Hill Road in Centralia. The church sustained exterior siding damage. Damage estimated at a $1,000.

Investigators are currently working all available leads and are seeking assistance from the community in effort to find the person or person(s) responsible for these fires. If you have any information, contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286 and reference case number 13A6452. Or, to leave an anonymous tip for a possible cash reward, call Lewis County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

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