Hacienda Lodge 2nd Fire

Photo: Wendy Casto

CLARKSTON - On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Officers with the Clarkston Police Department arrested a suspect on charges of Arson in the 1st degree in connection with a fire at the Hacienda Lodge on Bridge Street. The fire was first reported at about 4:43am that morning.

Arrested was 61-year-old Thomas L Austin, of Clarkston. Austin was also arrested on an outstanding Washington Department of Corrections warrant with an original charge of Arson 14.

During the investigation, officers located surveillance video that positively connects Austin to the October 16 fire as well as a fire at the same location on October 13. Investigation revealed that both fires were intentionally set to a motel building on the south side of Bridge Street. An additional charge of Arson 18 degree for the October 13 fire has been submitted for prosecution.

The motel was severely damaged however no one was hurt or injured during either fire.