Suspected Arsonists Caught Running From Blaze | Crime
Three people were arrested in Beverly on Thursday morning after firefighters spotted them running away from the scene of two building fires. Two of the suspects are minors.
Firefighters were battling a blaze at a property behind Outpost Grocery when they saw a second nearby building was also on fire and spotted the trio fleeing from the site. The group was followed to home in the area where investigators with the Grant County Sheriff's Office questioned them.
Jeremy Ocampo, 21, was arrested along with a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girls. Each faces charges of second degree arson.
“Fire District 10, the Fire Marshal's Office and Deputies all teamed up on this call, “ said Sheriff Tom Jones. “In this case, cooperation and attentiveness by responders and investigator helped capture the suspects.”
The first building, which had sustained damage in a previous fire, was destroyed. The second was damaged, but the value of the damage has yet to be determined. Both buildings were made of cinder blocks and were unoccupied.
In the state of Washington, second degree arson is a class B felony.