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Five Mile Prairie Fires – Recent Events Do Not Appear Related

July 8, 2011

On July 1, 2011 at 1:07 am, Spokane County Fire District 9 responded to a structure fire on west Hawthorne Street up on Five Mile Prairie.  That fire was ruled to be caused by improper disposal of stain rags that let to a fire in the garage.

On July 9-12-, 2011 just after noon, Spokane County Fire District 9 responded to another structure fire on north Lindeke Street up on Five Mile Prairie.  That fire is still being evaluated by fire investigators.

On July 5, 2011 just after midnight, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate damage to mailboxes up on Five Mile Prairie.  That damage appears to have resulted from a home-made pyrotechnic.

Spokane County Fire District 9 has been in contact with Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.  Neither agency has been able to establish any connection between these three events.  The areas where these occurred have all been different (garage, living room, mail box).  The types of event are all different (stain rag fire, pyrotechnic device).  While citizens have expressed great concern, we cannot find any credible connections between these events and have no reason to believe they constitute any type of fire-related crime spree in the Five Mile Area.  At this point these events appear to be unconnected random events that have coincidentally occurred in the same area during the same week.  Spokane County Fire District 9 and Spokane County Sheriff continue to work together on fire-related cases where criminal activity is suspected and that working relationship has been very close and very productive.  Should evidence lead either agency to conclude there is any connection between criminal events, we will be working together to solve those cases and provide the maximum level of protection possible to the public.

If anyone has questions regarding fire incidents, they should contact Spokane County Fire District 9 at 466-4602.  Questions regarding the mailbox event should be directed to Lt. Matt Lyons of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office at 477-3355.

UPDATE 9-12-11:

Another fire occurred on the night of September 11, 2011 at 8117 N. Meghan.  That fire was inside the City of Spokane and City of Spokane fire investigators determined that fire to have originated accidentally in the garage as a result of a vehicle battery charging operation.     Any questions on that fire should be forwarded to the City of Spokane Fire Department at 625-7000

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