UPDATED: Another Fire at Park Plaza Co-op: This Time, a Snowmobile
Police: Looks like arson, unclear if linked to nearby blaze at mobile home park.
Updated (with photos from the scene): A snowmobile is a total loss, according to Fire Chief John Berg, after an early morning fire at the Park Plaza Co-op mobile home park in Fridley, and police said it appears someone intentionally started the fire.
Berg said the fire also damaged the home at 1115 Onondaga Way NE—just two doors down from another manufactured home that went up in flames March 19.
According to Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud, the Fridley Fire Department responded to a report of a snowmobile on fire at 4:46 a.m. from the resident at 1115 Onondaga Way NE:
"At this time the fire does appear to be a case of arson. The case is under investigation by the Fridley Police Department. It is too early to tell if this is related to the earlier fire, but that is something the detectives are looking into. At this time there is no indication that this is in anyway gang related. Police will be increasing patrol in this area. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call Detective Travis Volk at 763-572-3636."
Berg added, by email Thursday:
"The fire extended to the structure of the home. There was minor damage. The snowmobile, on the other hand, was a total loss. ... One resident said he burned his foot moving the snowmobile but, refused treatment."
In the March 19 fire at 1139 Onondaga Way NE, a shed burned completely and the mobile home suffered serious damage, leaving a family without a home and a small male cat with injuries that have kept him in an animal hospital. (Click here to find out how you can donate to help the family and the kitten, Mittens.)
An investigation into that fire continues. One question that is unresolved is whether there is any connection to a recent rash of graffiti vandalism along the park's Fireside Drive NE fences and inside the park, which police said is gang-related.
Park Plaza Co-op Board President Natividad Seefeld said vandals struck yet again in recent days. She said she would take time Thursday to paint over the latest graffiti.