SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Fire Department officials were investigating four early morning arsons Saturday, possibly set by the same person. Crews were also called to reports of a fifth fire but in the darkness of night, investigators could not confirm whether a fire took place.
Around 2:05 a.m., firefighters responded to the 2400 block of N. Columbus. Spokane Engine 2 from the Logan neighborhood arrived on scene and reported a single family dwelling with fire involved in vegetation impinging on the structure. A second fire involving a shed on the 2600 block of N. Hogan was reported a short time later.
While the North Battalion Chief was in route to the second incident, he discovered a third fire at the intersection of Helena and Fairview. Flames were seen coming from a couch next to a detached garage. A fourth call came in near 1700 E. Liberty reporting garbage cans set on fire. A fifth fire was reported - but not confirmed - near the intersection of Lacrosse and Pittsburg.
All of the fires were dispatched within a few minutes of each other.
Fire officials said the incidents taxed the resources of SFD. All of the fires were quickly extinguished, according to firefighters, except for the outbuilding fire at N. Hogan.
The Spokane Police Department assisted the Fire Department in setting up a perimeter and searching for a suspect.
No injuries were reported by civilians or firefighters.
There was very light fire damage to the roof of the home at N. Columbus, authorities said. The shed at N. Hogan was a total loss along with the partial loss of a vehicle. The fire damage at the other two confirmed incidents involved the destroyed couch and plastic garbage cans only.
Total damage from the fires was estimated at $10,000.00
The Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit launched an investigation into the four confirmed fires and declared them all arson. There was not a confirmed suspect Saturday morning. The fifth, unconfirmed fire was also under investigation.