>Head: "Arsonists hit two area logging truck comapanies"
>Picture [a burned log truck].
>Caption: "A Redwood Coast Logging truck was destroyed by an arson fire.
>Former employees are among the suspects."
>By Jason Kennedy Steele
>The Times Standard
>ARCATA - Investigators said Monday they believe arsonists are
>responsible for fires at two trucking companies.
>Plastic containers that contained flammable liquid were descovered at
>the two sites. Humboldt County sheriff's detective Mike Stone said. The
>fires occurred early Sunday morning at Wayne Bare Trucking in Arcata and
>Redwood Coast Trucking in Manila, where a logging truck was destroyed by
>"We have not focused our investigation on environmentalists," Stone
>said. "We have reports from Redwood Coast Trucking that two recently
>dismissed employees may have been involved."
>Ken Lankila, one of the managers at Redwood Coast Trucking on 2210
>Peninsula Drive, said he did not want to jeopardize the investigation by
>commenting on the case.
>At 2:30 a.m. Sunday the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department responde to a
>smalll grass fire at Wayne Bare Trucking, located at 5550 West End Road.
>While firefighters were putting out that blaze, they received at 2:50
>a.m. a report of a logging truck on fire at Redwood Coast Trucking.
>Firefighters found the truck destroyed by fire.
>"The damage from the fire at Redwood Coast Trucking, including the
>truck, was about $50,000," Arcata Volunteer Fire Chief Frank Toste said.
>"We don't know who was responsible, but we do know that it was arson."
>Officials from Wayne Bare Trucking did not want to comment on the ase
>Monday. Toste said the fire at Wayne Bare didn't cause any damage to
>trucks or buildings.
>Thursday an Earth First activist, David Chain, was killed when struck by
>a falling tree near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park east of Fortuna.
>Eart First Spokesman Josh Brown said Monday that his group is not
>respnsible for the fires. Brown said the fires were random and
>"We are not responsible - this was probably done by a group of yahoos,"
>Brown said. "There is no connection between the death at Grizzly Creek
>and the arson."
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