Fire investigators believe a rash of brush fires set early Monday morning in eastern Spokane and the Spokane Valley are the work of a serial arsonist.
Firefighters from the Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Valley Fire and Spokane County Fire District 9 knocked down seven brush fires between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday.
The locations of the fires and times they were called in are shown on a map below. The first fire reported, in red, was at 11428 E. Upriver Drive around 12:30 a.m.
Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said investigators determined the fires were human-caused, and said the pattern of the fires suggested the same person or group was responsible for multiple fires.
“It seemed like every half an hour or so we were having another fire, almost like you could follow the path of where the person or persons drove to,” he said.
None of the fires caused significant damage. Schaeffer said the Spokane Fire Department is investigating along with Spokane Valley Fire and Spokane County Fire District 9. Anyone with information about the arsons should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Tuesday morning was relatively quiet by comparison, Schaeffer said.
“I’m somewhat hopeful that it was just a one night anomaly,” he said.
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