House on Upriver Drive destroyed in suspicious fire

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 28 at 6:23 AM

SPOKANE -- Fire investigators are calling a grass fire that destroyed a shed and an abandoned house suspicious.

Authorities were still looking for a suspect Saturday.

The fire flared up just before 7 p.m. Friday near the intersection of East Buckeye and North Upriver Drive.  Smoke could be seen for miles.  By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had already burned a lot of grass and destroyed a shed.  Then it spread to the house and destroyed it.

Firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 quickly called in more help to stop the flames.  What made matters worse is that nearby power lines started arcing and sparking smaller grass fires.  A few trucks had to leave the main fight to put out those flames.

Firefighters said this is the same place where two people died in a fire back in 2005.  It was never rebuilt and was still boarded up which made it dangerous for firefighters to go in.

Neighbors said it was strange seeing this all happen again.

“I just think it’s kind of interesting that we’re seeing the same house burn again, you know, in less than a decade,” said one man.

Firefighters were looking for the owner.  They expected to be on scene through Friday night taking care of hot spots to prevent anything flaring up.  Upriver Drive was blocked while officials worked on their investigation.

 

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