$10,000 reward for Pullman Planned Parenthood arson details

Investigators believe the fire was set intentionally at the Pullman location last Friday.

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Investigators have recovered video showing a flammable object being thrown through the window of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington state before a fire broke out Friday. Pullman police spokesman Cmdr. Chris Tennant said video shows the inside of the building as the object was thrown through the window. He declined to describe the object.

No one was injured in the September 4 fire, which was determined to be arson. It started around 3:30 a.m. in the college town of Pullman.

News reports said a federal terrorism task force is investigating along with Pullman police and fire investigators. As of Thursday, the Chief of Police said they did not have a suspect motive. However, he said they feel confident it was a direct attack on the clinic.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tanya Riordan said the damage will keep the center closed longer than anticipated.

On Thursday, the organization announced plans for a temporary "pop-up" location while they make repairs to the building. The flyer, first seen on social media, said they will be open for services from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday outside of the Pullman Health Center on SE King Drive.

"The crime that was committed that was done in the middle of the night in darkness. Person responsible obviously didn't want to be seen. At this point, we don't have an information that would lead us to worry for safety of the current employees there," said Pullman Chief of Police Gary Jenkins.

The temporarily Planned Parenthood tent includes free condoms, refill existing patients birth control prescriptions, dispense Plan b, and schedule appointments. 

Managers at Planned Parenthood confirmed Thursday that they are discussing temporary location options with Whitman County Health Department and other Pullman healthcare organizations- as well as looking at available space to rent. They hope to have a location confirmed within the next week. 

The health center will take many months to rebuild according to managers. They estimated that after insurance, it will cost them $250,000 to rebuild. 

The Arson Alarm Foundation and NW Insurance Council announced Thursday that they would be offering a $10,000 reward for information about the arson that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pullman Police Department at (509) 334-0802 or go online to their website. Anonymous tips are accepted too on the following arson line (509) 334-2249. 


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