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Suspicious East Spokane House Fire

SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Fire Investigators are calling a house fire at Pacific and Helena just east of downtown Spokane suspicious, and say it's likely an arson. The fire broke out just before midnight Monday morning.

The fire battalion chief said that the fire originated in a bedroom closet just off the main entrance.  Because the house was vacant, and because there was no electrical elements in the closet, fire crews became immediately suspicious that the fire had been intentionally set.

The initial fire call came from a neighbor who said she smelled smoke and looked out her window to see two people running from the home. Then she saw the smoke in the house and called 911. That information led fire crews to label the cause of the fire suspicious, and likely arson.

Spokane police arrived and immediately started interviewing people, getting names and numbers from witnesses and those in the area. According to a police spokesperson, no one has been arrested yet. The fire department is the primary investigative unit on all arson-related fires, so the fire investigator will give a recommendation to the Spokane Police Department based on evidence found at the fire. That will likely happen sometime Monday morning.

The good news in all this is that there wasn't much damage to the home. Fire crews got a quick handle on the fire and were able to keep it contained to that front bedroom. Also, because the home was vacant there were no injuries.

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