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2 suspicious fires damage homes in Yelm area

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Two suspicious fires damaged homes in the Yelm area last week, according to emergency responders.

The first fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. June 11 in the 13000 block of Solberg Road Southeast, Yelm Fire Chief Mark King said Tuesday.

The fire damaged a two-story home outside the city of Yelm. The fire may have been the result of a domestic dispute between those who lived in the house, King said.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, Lt. Tim Rudloff said Tuesday.

The second suspicious fire was reported on June 12.

About 6:30 p.m., Yelm fire crews were dispatched to a mobile home fire in the 400 block of West Road Northeast in the city of Yelm.

No accelerant was found, but fire crews did find a threatening spray-painted message on the back of the mobile home, Chief King said.

Two adults and three juveniles were living in the mobile home, but after the fire, it is no longer habitable, he said.

Yelm police are aware of the West Road fire, but do not think it’s related to the Solberg fire, Chief Todd Stancil said Tuesday.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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