String of dumpsters set ablaze in Downtown Spokane

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 7:21 PM

 

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police and the Spokane Fire Department kept busy early Monday in Downtown Spokane. Four fires all believed to be arson were set in Downtown Spokane. 

Four dumpsters were set on fire in a 20-minute span around 3:30 a.m., according to police.  The first call was at Howard and Main, and within 5 minutes, authorities were responding to three active fires.  The final call came in around 3:45 a.m. near Riverside and Lincoln.

“It does take time, to put those fires out, it also causes a little bit of complication for our trash services and just makes a mess,” said Brian Schaeffer with the Spokane Fire Department.

The dumpsters were destroyed but no injuries were reported.  Fire crews responded fast enough that the flames did not spread to any buildings.

Police canvassed the area in an attempt to locate any suspects.  No arrests were made.

Investigators were hoping surveillance video near each scene would help them find out who was responsible. Investigators said all four fires were likely started by the same suspect.

“Fire play is often a precursor to larger things, whether it be other arsons or other crimes,” said Schaeffer.

Anyone with information on the fires should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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