A Klamath Falls man was charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to pallets behind Coastal Farm and Ranch on Monday night.
Tyler William Patrick, 23, told police that he set the fire. The blaze caused roughly $25,000 in damage to the Coastal building and its inventory, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Chad Tramp. It also destroyed a security camera.
Tuesday morning Patrick was also charged with two counts of unlawful use or possession of an inhalant. Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello said Patrick appeared to be under the influence from huffing at the time of the fire.
Klamath County Fire District 1 arrived about 9 p.m. and kept the flames from spreading to the store. The fire burned to the roof line, and Tramp said a quick response by crews kept the fire from burning inside. Located at 1776 Avalon St., Coastal was closed at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.
According to a manager at Coastal, an investigation is ongoing and the store is trying to find ways to prevent this from happening again. The same store was the target of a separate arson back in May. Police arrested a different suspect in that fire.
Costello doesn’t believe the two fires are connected and doesn’t know why Coastal has been targeted twice in the span of three months.
Patrick is being held in the Klamath County Jail for charges of first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless burning.