SEASIDE - The cause of a fire inside a trailer Sunday night is suspicious, but whether it and two other recent Seaside fires are in any way connected is not yet known, fire officials said today.

The trailer fire, reported at 6:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Queen Street, was listed as suspected vehicle arson on Seaside Police Department logs. Only a mattress inside the 28-foot 1951 Vagabond was burning and it was extinguished immediately, said Joe Dotson, Seaside Fire Chief.

Some heat, smoke and water damage occurred but the damage was relatively minimal, Dotson said.

"The trailer was unoccupied, there was no power to the trailer and no propane connected," he said. Because it has no natural causes it is currently under investigation, he added.

Approximately 30 firefighters with Seaside's volunteer department responded using two pumper trucks, a ladder truck and a heavy rescue vehicle.

Dotson said fire officials are still looking into whether the trailer fire was somehow connected to the suspicious fire of an unoccupied former house on South U.S. Highway 101 early March 1, or a suspicious house fire at 420 Second Ave. on Feb. 26.


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