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Stories tagged: arson


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Arsonist gets six months in jail for 2016 fires north of Spokane

The fires were small but diverted firefighters and resources from two much larger blazes that erupted on the same day in Spokane and Valleyford, destroying homes, crops and other property.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Officials offering $15,000 reward for information about a dozen Grant County haystack arson fires

A dozen unsolved haystack arson fires that caused thousands of dollars in damage have led the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Arson Alarm Foundation to offer a combined $15,000 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Man suspected of starting fires on the South Hill arrested

Alexander C. L. Menko was booked into Spokane County Jail on two counts of wreckless burning.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Kyoto Animation may not be a giant of Japanese anime, but it has core fans and is known for skilled animators and such hits as “Lucky Star,” “K-On!” and the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Spokane police recommend charge of second-degree arson for man accused of setting downtown ATM on fire, returning to pee on it

A man accused of setting an ATM on fire – and then urinating on it – was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree arson.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Someone set a downtown ATM on fire … and then urinated on it

At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, a security guard at the Bank of America Financial Center building at 601 W. Riverside Ave. caught a man setting something on fire and placing …


100 years ago in Spokane: Boys wanted in suspected arson; Robert Frost scheduled to make give poetry reading

Two vacant houses were destroyed by fire in the Morgan Park district north for Hillyard, and now authorities were staging a massive search of the countryside from Hillyard to Mead …


Pullman teen lit trailer home on fire, killed dog and cat, police say

Pullman police arrested a teenager suspected of lighting a trailer home on fire last week, killing a dog and cat.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Man charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson for allegedly setting girlfriend’s house on fire

A man suspected of setting multiple fires at his girlfriend’s home while she was still inside has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Police investigating improvised bombs and an arson fire in Pullman, Moscow

Pullman police began searching for an arsonist after a fire destroyed a laser tag arena on Sunday, the same day a device resembling a pipe bomb was discovered in a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

North Spokane homeowner accused of setting home on fire had history of arson

A 52-year-old woman under investigation for intentionally starting a fire in her north Spokane home March 2 has a history of similar actions, court documents allege.


Police arrest man suspected of setting car on fire

Spokane police arrested a man Monday on suspicion of lighting a car on fire in north Spokane.


Family in limbo after suspected arson in Logan neighborhood leaves home in ruins

Two months after a fire tore through her home, Devan Howe-Kizzar is still unsure how to move on from that night. With no cash, renter’s insurance or assets, she’s unsure …


Another Jehovah’s Witness center has been destroyed in 9-month rash of arson attacks

At the center of the investigation into crimes against Jehovah’s Witnesses – including two fires that destroyed worship centers – is a question that has vexed Washington state investigators, the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

‘I’m sure he was trying to come home’: Former Shock player Ellison dies on side of road in California

A former starting linebacker and defensive back for Spokane Shock arena football team died last Thursday due to unknown causes on the freeway in San Fernando Valley, according to the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018

Police arrest woman suspected of setting fire to her Spokane apartment

Two units in a historic apartment building near downtown Spokane were damaged by flames Monday morning. Police arrested a woman on suspicion of arson following the fire that neighbors say …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018

Pullman police arrest Greek Row arson suspect in Cheney

Pullman police arrested a 19-year-old Cheney man Monday for allegedly starting several fires on Washington State University’s Greek Row.


Arson linked to deaths in Greek town built like ‘fire trap’

Greek authorities said Thursday there were serious indications that a deadly wildfire that gutted a vacation resort near Athens was started deliberately, while experts warned that the devastated coastal town …


Investigators: Attacks on Washington worship halls linked

Federal investigators say the shooting and three arsons at places of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in western Washington state are connected.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018

$25,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction in Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall arson fires, shooting

Multiple law enforcement agencies gathered Wednesday morning in Olympia to announce a reward for information regarding three arson fires and one shooting at three Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall locations in …


Kingdom Hall in Olympia, the target of arsonist in March, is destroyed by fire early Tuesday

The Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Olympia was destroyed by fire early Tuesday, the second time since March that area fire crews have extinguished a blaze at 2225 …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018

Spokane man held after suspicious fire at Alaska lodge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A 33-year-old Spokane man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal mischief at a rural lodge.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

Lengthy investigation names suspect in 2016 arson fires north of Spokane

After an investigation that lasted more than a year, a team of local, state and federal authorities believe they have found the man responsible for three arson fires north of …


Sojourners’ sees months of repairs

Sojourners’ Alliance Executive Director Steve Bonnar said Thursday it will take at least eight months to repair the transitional housing facility on North Van Buren Street, significantly damaged by a …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Arson blaze caps a rough year for Moscow housing facility

A suspected arsonist told police he was high on meth and hearing voices when he set fire to a transitional housing facility in Moscow, Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Deputies cleared in shooting of man armed with knife who allegedly set motel on fire

No criminal charges will be filed against three Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies who in June shot a man accused of setting his Spokane Valley hotel room on fire.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Missing homeless man located in north Spokane

A 21-year-old homeless man who was kidnapped Saturday was located by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Police looking for man suspected of lighting Beacon Cleaners on fire

Spokane police, the Spokane Fire Department and ATF are looking for a man suspected of lighting Beacon Cleaners on fire on Aug. 11.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Idaho bills juvenile’s parent $84,500 following wildfire

Idaho officials have sent an $84,500 bill to the parent of a juvenile after fire investigators determined the juvenile started a wildfire with mortar-style fireworks.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Owners of Beacon Cleaners on Spokane’s South Hill: Stop setting our building on fire

Beacon Cleaners on Spokane’s South Hill was intentionally set on fire Thursday morning.