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County offices set afire with minimal damage
November 11, 2017
BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, October 31, shortly before 8:00 a.m., the Blythe Police Department received a call to the Riverside County Public Defender’s office in the 200 block of N. Broadway. Employees arrived at work to find a broken window and the fire sprinklers on. Officers discovered that unknown suspect(s) had started a small fire in the window which activated the fire suppression sprinklers. The fire damage was very minimal, however the water damage caused by sprinklers was extensive.
On Friday, November 3, shortly after 4:00 a.m., a fire alarm was activated at the Riverside County Court, also in the 200 block of N. Broadway. Blythe Police and Blythe Fire responded and discovered that the main entryway to the courthouse was on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished.
As Blythe Fire returned to their station shortly before 5:00 a.m., firefighters noticed a fuel pump on fire at the Riverside County fueling station on the corner of Main St. and Barnard. This fire was also quickly extinguished.
The investigation into the cause of all three fires is on-going. Blythe Police Detectives are working closely with investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and Riverside County Fire.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111.
Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.
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