Vehicle seen fleeing shortly before house fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Vehicle seen fleeing shortly before house fire

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley fire officials say a Monday morning house fire has been classified as suspicious.

Just before 6 a.m. crews received the report of a fire in the 13000 block of E. Broadway. When crews arrived on scene, smoke was coming from the windows of the house. The fire was limited to a bedroom in the basement of the home, however the entire home suffered smoke damage.

Officials say the home has been vacant since early spring and a search of the home found no one inside, though officials say the home has been having problems with trespassing and appears to have been a place for homeless people seeking shelter.

For the past few days, neighbors have reported seeing a red SUV parker in the neighboring school parking lot and a vehicle matching that description was seen speeding away just before the fire was reported.

Anyone with information about the SUV vehicle or who may have been staying in the home are asked to call the fire department at 928-1700.

Fire officials say damage to the home could reach $75,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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