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16-year-old boy arrested in connection to 23 fires

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The recently formed arson task force in Spokane Valley has an important announcement to make regarding the string of 23 suspicious fires. The recently formed arson task force in Spokane Valley has an important announcement to make regarding the string of 23 suspicious fires.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

KHQ.COM - The Spokane County Arson Task Force, created specifically to solve a rash of recent arson fires, announced on Wednesday that police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection to 23 fires within the past two weeks. 

Court documents reveal that the 16-year-old suspect had just moved to the Spokane area from Missouri and "hated it here" and was perhaps lashing out.

The suspect was a student at Central Valley High School. The suspect told investigators that he lit the first fire on September 13th and the second on the 18th. 

In all, the suspect is being charged with 5 counts of arson and admitted to 5 separate fires. Investigators also say they are "confident" he is responsible for the other fires in Spokane County. 

Some of the things that he admitted using to start the fires were a flare, gasoline, paper and a lighter. He also admitted to lighting flashcards and a spiral notebook on fire from his chemistry class. Those items were found at a fire on September 23rd near Quinimose road. Court documents say the suspect lit a fire on the 28th of September about 100 yards behind his own home then asked his parents to call firefighters.

Investigators a say numerous tips from the public led them to the 16-year-old boy. They also say the boy was "one of a few" as potential suspects before the arrest. Investigators say more charges are likely pending in the case.

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