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Parents say son set their home on fire on Thanksgiving

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police are hoping to speak with a man whose family says he set the outside of their house on fire on Thanksgiving.

Fire investigators now believe this case of arson is linked to another fire that happened just blocks away at Progressions Credit Union near Chief Garry Park. There weren't any reported injuries as a result of the fire and damage was limited due to the firefighters' quick actions.

Tim Grant says Thursday night, his stepson Anthony Hoyt stopped by their home even though he’s not supposed to. “He came by our house earlier last night, knocking on our doors. I told him, Anthony you can't be here, you have to go,” Grant says.

He says he saw Hoyt sit down on their front porch and thought he was lighting a cigarette. But later, neighbors pounded on their front door saying there was a fire. “If it wasn't for our neighbors across the street, we'd probably be dead right now,” Grant says.

Grant doesn’t know why his stepson did this. But he says Hoyt has been dealing with a lot - most recently, the death of his 2-year-old daughter Addy Hoyt. Back in September, Jason Obermiller was arrested for her murder.

Grant says Hoyt also had his own run-ins with the law before. After all this, Grant is pleading that Hoyt go to police. “We’re worried about you Anthony and we love you, but you have to get help. You definitely need help. If this isn't a clue for you. I don't know what is,” he says.

Police say there isn’t a threat to the public. They say Hoyt’s a person of interest at this point and would like to speak with him.

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