CORVALLIS, Ore. (KMTR) -- The Corvallis Fire Department is hoping the public can help track down vandals who spray painted the department’s training grounds and set a small fire on the station’s doorstep this week.
The two incidents happened sometime overnight, between Thursday, January 5th, 2012 and Friday, January 6th, 2012.
Corvallis Fire officials discovered Friday morning that someone spray painted words and images both inside and outside of the department’s three story fire tower on 2nd Street and Waterworks Avenue near downtown Corvallis. Vandals also left graffiti on several of the burn cars it uses to train with.
Across town, vandals lit fire to the morning newspaper on the front porch of Corvallis Fire Station #3 along Circle Boulevard.
Fire officials say they’re not sure if the incidents are related. These types of incidents are rare though.
“I've been here about 25 years and I don't even remember having a fire set at a fire station. We've had some incidents of vehicle vandalism to our vehicles,” said Carla Pusateri, a Fire Prevention Officer for Corvallis Fire.
“We're here to help people. That's our job, that's what we do and to have something like this happen to our fire station and the place we practice, so that we can help people, is a little bit disappointing,” said Pusateri.
The newspaper fire did not cause any damage to Fire Station #3. Corvallis Fire will have to pay to repaint the training tower though.
If you have any information on the case, call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6924.