Police help pregnant woman get housing after dumpster fires

Police help pregnant woman get housing after dumpster fires

A pregnant homeless woman started multiple dumpster fires Wednesday in an attempt to get off the streets and into jail. Officers with the Kennewick Police Department decided jail wasn’t the right option.

After receiving reports of dumpster fires started in the area of Albany Avenue and North Dennis Street, police located the woman and arrested her.

They said buildings were safe from damage and no one was injured.

She told officers she’d been experiencing symptoms of mental illness and that she would prefer jail over being pregnant without a roof over her head.

The woman was cooperative and, although she had committed arson, officers reportedly decided to get her some help.

They worked with Lourdes Counseling Center to provide her a bed at their transitions facility in Richland. Police said they wanted to connect her with local services to improve her situation.