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Spokane neighbor spots sleeping squatter in home damaged by fire

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Even though the front door is now boarded up, Parisi isn't sure that will be enough. Even though the front door is now boarded up, Parisi isn't sure that will be enough.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Fire investigators are looking into whether squatters started a fire at a Spokane home. It happened Thursday night on the south hill near 18th and Maple. Christopher Parisi started recording video when he saw what was going on.

"I was in the kitchen and I hear rustling outside," said Parisi. "I thought it was deer trying to get at my garden. I went outside and noticed flames coming up 12 feet. I thought it was maybe a bonfire and got closer. The garage is completely on fire. I called 911."

Parisi told fire crews the home is supposed to be vacant, but recently he's seen people coming and going from the house.

"The last three months we've noticed squatter residents there," said Parisi.

When Parisi went to check on the home Friday morning, he saw a squatter sleeping inside

"He was sleeping in there in a very unlivable situation," said Parisi. "Everything was completely black or melted."

Even though the front door is now boarded up, Parisi isn't sure that will be enough.

"Based on the fact that somebody went into this house 6 hours after it burned, I don't think there's going to be anything to stop these people from returning unless it's demolished," said Parisi.

Spokane police say if you suspect a squatter is living in a home near you or trespassing, give them a call.

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