Three brush fires and one house fire over the weekend are believed to be the latest in the string of suspected arson fires in the southeastern part of Spokane County, bringing the total now to 23.
"We've had a total now of 21 grass and brush fires and also what we think are two additional unoccupied residential house fires," Chief Greg Godfrey with Spokane County Fire District 8 said.
Firefighters from Spokane County and Spokane Valley were called to the 17000 block of Apollo Road just after 7 a.m. on Sunday for a fire at an unoccupied house.
"We believe that they entered through the basement door, the sliding glass door was a walk out basement, similar to a fire we had just over a week ago in the same neighborhood," Godfrey said.
Godfrey is referring to a house on Daybreak Road that had a fire on September 13. That incident pushes the original time line when the suspected fires are believed to have started back. It was initially thought that the 8-acre fire that threatened almost a dozen homes on South Saltese Lake Road on September 18th was the first.
"It's getting scary, for the public and for us as well," Godfrey said.