Arson suspected in trailer fire

Case remains under investigation

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles police are investigating a suspicious fire at a travel trailer adjacent to the Clallam County Fairgrounds and BMX Track at Lincoln Park.

Police and fire crews responded to the blaze at 8:15 a.m. Thursday. The trailer was unoccupied and unattended.

A Port Angeles Fire Department Engine 11 crew put the fire out. Firefighters report that evidence at scene indicates the cause was arson.

Damage included the interior contents as well as the exterior.

If police department personnel cannot locate the owner, the trailer will be placed into the junk vehicle abatement program. The vehicle, if not claimed by an owner, will be eventually removed and taken to a location where the Clallam County Chain Gang can remove all the items inside and then demolish the trailer.

Due to COVID-19 challenges, the police department does not currently have Chain Gang resources available.

The case remains under investigation, Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith said Saturday.

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