Officials search for suspects in suspicious fires

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Investigators are looking for the person or people who started multiple fires outside on Tuesday afternoon.

The Flagstaff Fire Department responded to the area of N. Turquoise Dr. and Switzer Canyon for a report of a small fire in the front yard of a residence. 

Upon arrival, crews found at least 4 separate fires that had been started in the front yards of two residences on N Switzer Canyon Dr. 

There were witnesses on scene who had extinguished the fires prior to the arrival of the fire department.

The fires ranged in sizes from about five by five feet to two by two feet.

An investigation was conducted by Flagstaff Fire Department Fire Investigators and the Flagstaff Police Department. The investigation revealed that these fires were intentionally set. This case is under investigation at this time. 

There were no injuries to civilians of Firefighters as a result of these fires. Damage was minimal and contained to vegetation in the front yards of the residences. 


On Monday, April 21 at approximately 5:00 p.m., firefighters from the USDA Forest Service and Flagstaff City Fire Department responded to a wildland fire near Doney Park. 

Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire which consumed less than one acre. 

An on-scene witness informed law enforcement that he had observed two people shooting at clay pigeons at approximately 3:00 p.m. before the fire started. Location of the fire was off Forest Road 498, approximately one half mile west of Hutton Ranch Road; the area is also accessible from Slayton Ranch Road. 

The two individuals were estimated to be in their late twenties and early thirties and described as:  a white male, approximately 6'3" - 6'7" with short blond hair, and a female with brown, braided hair in a pony tail. They were driving a blue pickup with a camper shell, possibly a Toyota.