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Police say arsonist started Skyline fire
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An arsonist could have placed an entire apartment complex in danger after a small fire was found early Tuesday morning burning inside an apartment at Skyline.
Police responded to the call at Skyline Apartments after a resident at the complex reported seeing someone stirring inside what was an unoccupied apartment. The witness, who was taking out his trash around 1 a.m. that morning, said he saw a figure standing in the rear of the apartment and yelled out at him. The mysterious figure then fled into the night.
When police arrived, they found the windows to the apartment had been broken out and they began smelling smoke.
“It smelled like lighter fluid,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton, noting the officers called firemen and then put out the blaze using a fire extinguisher.
McMinnville firemen then forced entry into the apartment to make sure the fire was completely out. The apartments at Skyline are linked by a common roof meaning fire can easily spread from one unit to another.
The identity of the person seen running from the apartment and the reason for the fire being lit on the carpet of the unit is still under investigation.