Klamath Falls, Ore. – Police in Klamath Falls are searching for a suspect in connection with two possible arson fires.
Fire crews were called out just before 10 Saturday night to a report of a fire behind Coastal Farm and Ranch.
About a half hour later, a fire was reported less than a mile away at Diamond Home Improvement.
“Reports of flames seen at both buildings.” Notes Patrol Sergeant Morrie Smith of the Klamath Falls Police Department. “When they got there, they discovered someone had intentionally set fire to both locations, causing minor damage.”
Investigators are reviewing security video to try to identify a possible suspect.
“No arrests currently.” Smith adds. “The incident is still under investigation.”
Smith says the incidents may be related. “At this time, we’re suspecting they are.”
No injuries were reported, and no dollar estimate of damage has been made.
Both stores are open for business.
People with any information on either the Coastal or Diamond fires are asked to call 911.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.