TEKOA, Wash. – Authorities arrested three people over the weekend in connection to a Tekoa house fire last fall.
Whitman County Sheriff’s Office investigators received a tip in early January that the fire had been intentionally set. Per WCSO, the tip notified authorities that the homeowner was directly involved in planning the arson and subsequently filed a fraudulent insurance claim. The fire destroyed the home near Truax Street and Sophy Street.
According to authorities, the homeowner was later paid over $150,000 for the damage to her home.
On Friday evening, investigators arrested 51-year-old Diane R. Galler and 21-year-old Darien M. Rhoads for their involvement in the fire. Raymond C. Rhoads, 24, turned himself in to investigators after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
All three individuals were booked into the Whitman County Jail and face charges of first degree arson. All suspects are cooperating with the investigation.