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Arson ruled in downtown Spokane fire; Investigators looking for tips

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The near Lincoln and Riverside early Saturday morning The near Lincoln and Riverside early Saturday morning
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Fire Department has determined the fire near Riverside and Lincoln early Saturday morning was intentionally set and they are now looking for tips to find the person or persons responsible. 

The fire happened around 3 a.m. in the area of Riverside and Lincoln near 24 Taps. The building was under construction at the time of the fire so no one was in the building at the time and no one was hurt. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported seeing smoke and flames coming from both floors. They believe someone broke into the building and set the blaze. 

Fire investigators are urging community members to please report any information they believe may be related to arson to the Arson Alarm Hotline at 1-800-55-ARSON (27766). A reward may be provided for information resulting in an arson conviction. Persons providing information may remain anonymous. 

There are a number of preventative measures that can help prevent arson fires, including:

  • Securing home, businesses and garage areas by locking doors and windows.
  • Cleaning up wastepaper, grasses, weeds, litter, or anything that can burn from around buildings.
  • Clearing carport areas of anything that could fuel a fire.
  • Locating dumpsters, recycle bins and yard waste containers at least 5 feet away from combustible walls and roof eave lines. If possible, keep them in a secured area. Do not allow them to become overfilled.
  • Trimming shrubbery from doors and windows to improve visibility.
  • Installing motion-sensor exterior lights or consider leaving lights on during hours of darkness.

The Spokane Fire Department also wants to remind residents to: 

  • Test all of smoke alarms on the first day of every month to make sure they are still working.
  • Have a fire escape plan for all family members. Be sure it includes knowing all the exits and a designated meeting place.
  • If you have a fire extinguisher, know where it is located and how to use it.
  • If there is a fire, remember to evacuate first then call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
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