Arson Suspected in Blaze Impacting Businesses near Downtown Riverside

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A four-alarm fire likely stemming from arson that started in a trash bin and extended to two businesses and a homeless encampment in Riverside left one person burned and caused more than $200,000 in damage, authorities said Monday.

The blaze was reported just before 11 p.m. Sunday in the area of Howard Avenue and 14th Street, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst said eight engine crews and three truck companies — numbering almost 50 personnel — were sent to the location and encountered flames in a garbage bin, extending to palm trees and the Solar Max building at 3080 12th St.

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