Authorities suspect arson as cause of Yakima warehouse fire

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the fire that caused about $20 million in damage to a Yakima warehouse is suspected to be arson.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports a second blaze erupted at Fruit Packers Supply on Saturday morning, destroying two steel buildings, a pair of semitrucks and stacks of cardboard packing material.

The Saturday fire was the second at the warehouse within 48 hours. Yakima firefighters had extinguished a blaze at the same site Thursday.

The fast-moving fire took firefighters about eight hours to contain Saturday with crews continuing to put out hot spots Sunday.

The fire caused a power outage to more than 1,000 homes and businesses Saturday. Electricity was restored by Sunday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the fires.