Glendale investigating possible arson after fires damage Sahuaro Ranch buildings

Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 01:32:41-04

Authorities are asking for information in connection with a series of fires at a historical park.

In a news release sent Wednesday afternoon, the Glendale Police Department said officials had responded to three fires at Sahuaro Park in the previous three weeks.

Police said the fires all happened between 2 and 3 a.m. on September 18, 23 and 26 at the park near 59th and Peoria avenues.

The fires destroyed buildings in the barnyard area of the park, including the dairy barn, blacksmith/machine shop, stable/granary and scale house. Some of those buildings date to the 1890s and are part of the original Sahuaro Ranch.

The city is still trying to determine whether the buildings can be salvaged or restored, officials said.

Police are investigating whether any of the fires were the result of criminal behavior and ask anyone with information that may be connected to call the police department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness or 480-WITNESS