Two downtown Bellingham fires being investigated as arson

Authorities are investigating two downtown Bellingham fires as arson, with one fire destroying a car late Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Both fires were about 100 feet apart in the alley between the 1300 and 1400 blocks of State and Forest streets, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

Bellingham firefighters doused both a small trash can fire in the 1300 block and a burning 2001 Pontiac Grand Am in the 1400 block. Two engine companies were dispatched, and one engine’s crew handled each fire, said Bellingham Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Hewett.

“The driver’s side window was down and the fire was lit on the driver’s seat,” Vander Yacht said.

The car was a total loss because of its age, he said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty