Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

October 22, 2009 in City
Christopher Anderson photo

Fire crews extinguish a fire Thursday morning at State Street Flats, 168 S. State St., where two people were arrested and five others could face charges. Authorities are conducting an arson investigation.

Christopher Anderson photo

Spokane firefighters climb the front steps of the State Street Flats building at Pacific and State to get at a fire Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Christopher Anderson photo

Spokane firefighters were called to the State Street Flats at Pacific and State to fight a fire Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. They had to break into the boarded-up building to get at the blaze.

Christopher Anderson photo

Spokane Firefighters use pike poles to pull plywood off the windows of the State Street Flats at Pacific and State to get at a fire Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Christopher Anderson photo

Spokane firefighters pull plywood off the windows of the State Street Flats at Pacific and State to get at a fire Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Mike Prager photo

Smoke fills the alley as Spokane firefighters battle a blaze at the State Street Flats building at 164 S. State St. in downtown Spokane on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Mike Prager photo

Spokane Fire Department Battalion Chief Bruce Moline tracks firefighters working a blaze at the State Street Flats building, 164 S. State St., in Spokane on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.

Mike Prager photo

Spokane firefighters pack up after knocking down a blaze at the State Street Flats building, 164 S. State St., in downtown Spokane on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009. Police are investigating the fire as arson after several people were discovered to have spent the night in the vacant building.