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Tacoma arson suspect accused of setting a half-dozen fires over two days

A man accused in a string of fires in Tacoma that investigators say was deliberately set earlier this week pleaded not guilty Friday to arson charges. Cameron Prater, 20, is facing charges in connection with a half-dozen blazes. He is expected to return to court on the 22nd of November.


Prater was being held Friday on $1 million bail at the Pierce County Jail after being arrested Thursday at his home. Investigators have fingered him for several fires, including one at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Tacoma’s North End.

The church was gutted last Sunday, forcing its leaders to cancel morning Mass services.

“We prayed for him this morning at church,” Father Mike McDermott said Friday about the suspect. “Even when you forgive somebody there are consequences.”

Investigators said that between the 23rd and the 25th of October, Prater targeted six locations within a half-mile radius, including trying to burn down a parked trailer in a back yard setting fire to several car garages, starting a blaze at a Kinder Care and other businesses like the Contract Furnishings Mart.
intentionally setting a fire at a Tacoma middle school.


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