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Man arrested for arson called 911 to report the fire

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Court documents say John Hauflin admitted the setting this fire on North Monroe early Thursday morning. Court documents say John Hauflin admitted the setting this fire on North Monroe early Thursday morning.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Court documents released just hours after a business and apartments burned early Thursday morning indicate the man suspected of setting the blaze called 911 on himself. 

The fire was started at a building on North Monroe around 3:00 a.m. Thursday. The front of the building was a storefront for the Almar Appliance Service store, the back of the building had three apartments, one of which was not occupied at the time of the fire. When fire crews arrived on scene there were 40-50 foot flames threatening neighboring structures but crews were able to get the fire under control.

Four people lived in the other two apartments and authorities say everyone was very lucky they were able to get out safely.

Fire investigators were able to determine the blaze was intentionally set and Spokane Police arrested 23-year-old John Sky Hauflin. During his interview with fire investigators, Hauflin said he was asleep at a bus stop when a woman woke him up. Hauflin said the woman left after waking him up and he found his cell phone missing. Court documents say Hauflin thought the woman had stolen his cell phone so he followed her and thought he saw her enter the building at 2419 North Monroe. Investigators say Hauflin admitted to using a cigarette lighter to light a fire in a nearby trash can full of diapers, in an effort to get the woman to come out of the building. 

Hauflin told investigators he realized that he made a mistake once the fire was set and went to a nearby gas station to report the fire. Court documents indicate Hauflin signed a confession. 

No one was injured in the fire. Hauflin made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon and his bond was set at $35,000. His arraignment is scheduled for June 23, 2015. 

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