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Early-Morning Centralia Area Fires Under Investigation as Suspicious

By The Chronicle

Two fires reported moments apart outside Centralia in the Galvin area early Thursday morning are being investigated by the Chehalis Fire Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. 

“They’re both suspicious in nature,” said Capt. Ted McCarty “We’re working with the Sheriff’s Office on a … joint investigation.”

McCarty said he couldn’t release more information as the investigation is still ongoing.

The first fire was reported at 2:57 a.m. on Thursday in the 3000 block of Graf Road outside Centralia. Units arrived to find a 25-foot by 25-foot shop structure was on fire. The roof collapsed and brush around the structure was on fire when crews arrived, according to the Riverside Fire Authority. 

Firefighters contained the blaze and stopped it from spreading further. The structure was vacant and did not have power. 

As crews were responding to the first fire, they received a second report of a structure fire at 3:08 a.m. in the 100 block of Sheridan Road in Galvin, according to the RFA. 

First-arriving units found an empty home was on fire. The structure was a total loss. 

The Chehalis Fire Department, Lewis County Fire District 6 and the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority also responded to the blaze.