A garbage can in Browne’s Addition was the target of about four fires starting on Saturday morning.
Ray Ekins lives nearby and was walking his dog Duchess around 7 a.m. when he saw the first set of flames inside the barrel at Second Avenue and Chestnut Street. The same garbage can was on fire again about an hour later, he said.
“Poor garbage can,” Ekins said. He ended up calling 911 to report three of the fires.
Fire crews from Station 4 kept responding to the reported garbage fires and a Spokane Police officer parked nearby to keep an eye on the can, Spokane Police Sgt. Dan Ervin said.
The officer saw a man, later identified as Philip B. Lewis, 47, walk up to the can and allegedly light it on fire around 4 p.m, Ervin added.
Officers took Lewis into custody for two counts of second-degree arson and the fire was extinguished.