SPOKANE, Wash. -- The recent string of hot weather has translated into a busy fire season. KREM 2 News found the season has been so busy that major fire investigations are taking a backseat.
The Spokane Fire Department leaders said they are keeping up with all the calls right now partly because of mutual aid agreements, but when new calls come in some old calls have to wait.
Now, some top-priority investigations, like the Geno’s arson case are slowing down. Firefighter Brian Schaeffer said progress is still being made but higher call volume demands their attention.
“Because we can’t ignore when a new fire comes up. That’s an active crime scene. So, we just have to put resources on the active crime scene and then go back,” said Schaeffer.
Resources are being taxed at every angle from a two-alarm commercial fire that caused half a million dollars in damage at Benthin and Associates in North Spokane to series of arsons in the wild land area of the South Hill.
Fire officials told KREM 2 News that there is a person of interest in the Geno’s fire and developments in the case should be coming soon.