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Firefighters: 'Prolific' arsonist arrested in Spokane

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Police and fire investigators arrested 56-year-old Donald Hayward for several recent fires. Police and fire investigators arrested 56-year-old Donald Hayward for several recent fires.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Fire investigators and police arrested a man they call a 'prolific' arsonist who they believe is behind several recent fires in the greater Spokane area.

Wednesday at 9 a.m., investigators from the Spokane Fire Department were following up on a recent dumpster fire at 224 South Lincoln that occurred over the past weekend. As a result of the investigation, surveillance video was captured that identified a suspect in the fire.

Investigators then contacted Spokane Police Department (SPD) Detective Elise Robertson at the Downtown Precinct who contributed incredibly towards efforts in identifying the suspect that eventually led to the arrest.  An SPD Neighborhood Resource Officer located the suspect at 168 S. Division St. and SPD Officers safely took the suspect into custody.

The suspect’s name is Donald Hayward. Investigators say he's behind recent, intentionally set fires at Redemption Church and Molly's Restaurant. Detectives believe he could also be behind several recent, small fires near W. 2nd Ave. & S. Division St.  

Firefighters say the 56-year-old has an extensive criminal arson history in Washington State and Florida. He is currently booked in Spokane County Jail and will have his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

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