Yard work deal ends abruptly with ball of flames

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 6:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A landlord in South Spokane hired a man referred to her by a friend to trim some trees Wednesday night. The man demanded payment immediately.

The landlord had asked to see the work before she would pay him. When he did not get paid right away, he poured five gallons of gas on the branches and set it on fire.

Annette Skipper lives in the home at 17th and Ray. She knew something was not right about the man hired to care for her yard but she tried to ignore it. She then made a trip to the store as he worked.

“I came driving into the driveway and there was this big pile of branches. He was pouring gas all over it. I’m thinking this can’t be good,” said Skipper.

She then cautiously approached him.

“I was like ‘So, what’s going on?’ He started really complaining about my landlord saying he wanted to be paid right now but  she wanted to see the work first,” said Skipper.

She said she could tell things were not headed in a good direction. Skipper and her neighbors all said they heard what sounded like an explosion. The pile of branched was on fire but firefighters quickly got it out.

The suspect took off. Arson investigators have now taken over the case.
 

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