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Shock players moving out of Big Trout Lodge

This Big Trout Lodge apartment was heavily damaged in a fire allegedly set by a Spokane Shock player. SR file photo.

Players of the Spokane Shock team have spent this week moving out of the team provided apartments in the Big Trout Lodge in Liberty Lake even though their lease isn't up for another month. This comes after Shock player Kevin Ellison was arrested and charged with arson for a June 14 fire that started in his bedroom. He told investigators that he set the fire because God told him to, according to federal court documents. The team and the apartment complex managers are calling the move a mutual decision. Click here for more details.

Shock player arrested for arson, suspended from team

Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Third update: Shock player Kevin Ellison has been arrested on an arson charge for allegedly starting the fire that began in his bedroom. He has been suspended from the team. Check the updated story here.

Second update: Representatives of the Spokane Shock arena football team have confirmed that player Kevin Ellison is the resident who jumped from the burning building. The story is here.

Update: Fire investigators have determined that this was an arson fire, said Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. Investigators have not yet been able to interview the resident, who is still in the hospital. The fire began in the bedroom.

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A man jumped from his burning third story apartment at Big Trout Lodge in Liberty Lake early this morning and managed to escape serious injury. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhilation.

Spokane Valley Fire Department's Engine 3 was on its way to another call at 5:30 a.m. today when firefighters spotted a column of smoke coming from the apartment building, according to a press release from Capt. Pat Schaffer. They called it in and diverted to the building, where they saw flames coming from the third floor unit. Liberty Lake Police officers helped evacuate the building.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading from the apartment where it began. Two other apartments had some smoke damage. The damage is estimated at $50,000 and the cause is still under investigation.

Morning mayhem

Things have been a little active on the scanner this morning. Pines Road is open again after being shut down by police for hours as they were in a standoff with shooting suspects in a house at Pines and Mansfield. No official press release has come out yet, but I'll keep my eyes open for one.

Also, a young boy who fell out of a third-story window in the Big Trout Lodge apartment complex in Liberty Lake last night was reportedly conscious when rescue crews arrived. He was taken to the hospital by MedStar.

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