Homeless man charged for starting fire at old Columbia Park campsite

KENNEWICK, Wash. – An old campsite along Columbia Park Trail was damaged in a fire early Sunday morning.

According to Kennewick Fire Chief Chad Michael, around 5:30 a.m. firefighters were called out to the Columbia Park Campground, which was built in the ’60s and has been out of commission since 2003, just north of SR-240, between Edison St. and Columbia Center Boulevard.

That’s where they found a structure at the old campground engulfed in flames.

Police say the fire was determined to have been started unintentionally by a homeless person using the site as a shelter.

Kennewick police charged and released 49-year old Brandon Patrick.

Another structure was threatened but firefighters got the flames under control and say the other buildings were not damaged. No one was hurt.

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