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Alleged arson fire destroys North Spokane apartment

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

An intentionally set fire destroyed an apartment at 5414 North Martin Street early this morning, according to the Spokane Fire Department.

Ruth Edmonson, 53, was arrested at the scene on a charge of first-degree arson, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

According to a release, Edmondson set several fires in her own apartment, unit 1 in the three-unit, single-story complex, destroying her unit and caused smoke damage to another.

The apartment on the west end of the complex was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived around 2:10 a.m., according to a release.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the one unit, although a neighboring apartment received smoke damage. The apartment loss was listed at $50,000.

The Red Cross and Avista were on scene to assist the fire department.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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