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Coeur D'Alene Transient Charged With Arson

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A transient has been charged with first degree Arson after apparently starting a fire to keep warm. According to Coeur d'Alene Police, an officer was on routine patrol early Saturday morning when he noticed flames in excess of 50 feet coming from behind the Dragon House at 512 East Appleway Avenue. When the officer pulled into the parking lot, he found 36-year-old Andrew McLean Wanczak standing in the parking lot staring at the flames. Wanczak told the officer he set the fire because he was cold.

The Coeur d'Alene Fire Department responded and was able to quickly put out the fire. However, the fire caused damage to landscaping and fencing of the Coeur d'Alene Inn, three vehicles of hotel guests, overhead wires for phone and cable which caused interruption to the hotel and a small amount of flame damage to an adjacent building. Authorities are estimating the damage in excess of $20,000.

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