Teens arrested for 20 Spokane Valley arson fires | Crime
A series of arson fires in Spokane Valley led to the arrest of four juveniles this week. Spokane Valley Fire was investigating 20 fires between June 26 and July 8 that caused about $16,000 in damage. Fire investigators say a group of teens were setting donation and garbage containers on the fire in the vicinity of Sprague and Sullivan between 1 and 3 a.m.
Two of the teens were arrested Tuesday night and another was picked up Wednesday morning. Fire marshal Kevin Miller says another teen, a female, was arrested Thursday morning.
The female did not have a criminal history and investigators say she was not involved with all of them. Investigators advised her to report to Spokane County Juvenile Court with her parents. Miller says she did not keep her end of the bargain. She was arrested at her summer classes at Barker High School.
Another female involved with the fires faces ten counts of 2nd Degree Arson. Miller explained she had an extensive criminal history.
The group of teens sometimes set more than one fire in a single evening. On the first day of the reported fires, two were ignited on June 26 at two different locations. On July 8, nine fires were started with seven at Central Valley High School, another next to the B&B Driving School and another in a vacant parking lot outside Yokes Supermarket.
Marshall says the teens were not involved with drugs and/or alcohol at the time of the fire.
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