In the pre-dawn darkness of yesterday morning, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority responded to a structure fire on the 400 block of Talmage Road. Upon arrival around 4:30 a.m., they found a commercial trailer engulfed in flames. Firefighters knocked the flames back quickly before spreading to a nearby building.
UVFA Battalion Chief Eric Singleton told us that investigators have ruled out all ignition sources other than the fire being “human-caused” and “suspicious.”
This suspicious fire comes just three weeks after another fire identified as suspicious in nature destroyed two vehicles on the same block of Talmage Road. Battalion Chief Singleton told us “we are not connecting the fires at this time”, but confirmed they occurred in close proximity to one another.
More broadly, Battalion Chief Singleton said the Ukiah Valley has been experiencing an unusually high number of human-caused and malicious fires. “Our numbers are a lot higher than other areas,” he told us. This trend is concerning in our drought-stricken region and fire-ready vegetation.
Investigators are asking if anyone witnessed the fire or has surveillance footage/information about the circumstances surrounding it, reach out to the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority at (707) 462-7921