April 1, 2010 in City

Vacant home destroyed in “suspicious” fire

By The Spokesman-Review
Colin Mulvany photo

Spokane Fire Department firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire at the intersection of Jackson and Regal Thursday night. The house, which had a for sale sign out front, was a total loss.
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A two-alarm fire described by authorities as suspicious destroyed a large vacant home tonight in northeast Spokane.

The vacant home, located at 2513 N. Regal St., was engulfed in flames when Spokane firefighters rolled onto the scene, said Battalion Chief Dave Hayworth. A neighbor reported seeing suspicious activity at the house shortly before the flames erupted.

“It just started slowly collapsing as we started to fight it,” Hayworth said. “It will be totally destroyed.”

Cause is undetermined but investigators confirmed they consider it “suspicious” and were expected to remain at the scene throughout the night.

A neighbor, Gary Shastany, said the house has been boarded up for an extended period of time following a previous fire.

Raising concern are reports of activity at the house immediately before the fire broke out. Shastany saw someone at the house sifting around in the dark.

“I saw somebody over there with a flashlight pulling boards down off the windows,” he said. “Then I saw what looked like the glow of a candle and then what looked like the glow of a fireplace. That’s when I called the Fire Department.”

County records show the property is owned by First Metro LLC, based in Boulder City, Nevada.

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