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Investigators determine arson is cause of east Spokane 'dangerous building' fire

Crews fought the flames from the outside throughout the night and will continue through Monday.

SPOKANE, Wash. — An old, unoccupied building in Spokane caught fire on Sunday night.

Multiple crews responded to the area of East Trent Avenue and North Regal Street around 8:30 p.m. According to Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, the building has been unoccupied for years. He said it's on the fire department's list of "dangerous buildings." It has holes in the floor and damaged stairwells.

Crews were able to go through 80% of the building before they had to leave due to unsafe conditions. No one was found inside. 

The fire is burning in the back of the building. Crews fought the flames from the outside throughout the night and will continue through Monday. The SFD Special Investigations Unit is still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

The fire was confined to the building of origin, and there were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. The Spokane Fire Department reported the building  a total loss.

According to Schaeffer, the cause of the fire has been determined as arson.

People in the Spokane area may notice that the air quality is being reported as hazardous, but that's not necessarily the case. According to KREM 2's Jeremy Lagoo, most everyone in Spokane has good air quality unless you are near the fire. The air quality monitor in town is located at Augusta Avenue and Fiske Street, which is near the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by SFD Special Investigations Unit.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.