PULLMAN—Authorities with Washington State University confirmed early Wednesday someone intentionally lit a small fire on campus.
Officials said the suspect started a fire in a stairwell of a parking garage around 10 p.m. between the Fine Arts building and the Smith Center (CUE) along Stadium Way. Someone who worked in the building called police to report it. The building is located across the street from another university building that was the target of an arsonist last week.
So far, authorities said this arson attempt does not fit the pattern of the much larger fires set on campus recently. On May 29, a fire set in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s McCoy Hall caused thousands of dollars in damage. Just before that, on May 26, a fire destroyed a community building on the Chief Joseph apartment complex. The first reported fire was on May 22, which destroyed a community building at the Nez Perce apartment complex.
This latest fire did not cause any major damage. They said just some light debris and ashes were found. Authorities are looking at surveillance footage to identify a suspect and collected evidence for prints.
Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen says they're investigating more than graffiti. "We got some spray paint cans and stuff out of there that we may be able to get some fingerprints on."
Hansen says this latest arson case could be connected to three others. “I can't rule it out and I can't really include it yet. Some of the stuff up at the lab from the previous fires may say yes or no."
No arrests have been made in the case, or the other arson fires. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact authorities.