Pullman police looking for arson suspect in Cougar Laser Arena fire

Pullman police looking for arson suspect in Cougar Laser Arena fire

Pullman Fire authorities deemed the cause of a fire at the Cougar Laser Arena to be arson.

The arena caught fire just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Fire officials said the fire was started at several locations within the building. Firefighters also found evidence of vandalism in the building.

According to a release from Pullman Police, the fire was first spotted by a Pullman Fire paramedic who was returning from the hospital and saw smoke coming from the building. The paramedic contacted Whitcom by radio and that triggered the response. When firefighters arrived, they saw flames and smoke inside the arena, then began to extinguish the fire.

Officials said the building’s structure was not damaged, only the inside of the arena. Investigator Tony Nuttman said the interior suffered fire, smoke and water damage, but the amount of damage is unknown at this time.

The Pullman Police Department has taken over the investigation while they look for a suspect.

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