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Pullman man pleads guilty to College Hill arson

SPOKANE, Wash. - The 31-year-old Pullman man accused of setting last summer's massive arson fire on College Hill has pleaded guilty in federal court. 

Bryan lee kitchen entered the plea to arson yesterday in U.S. District Court in Spokane. 

Kitchen set the fire at the grove apartment complex construction site back on July 14, destroying four buildings and causing millions of dollars in losses.  He was a plumber working at the site. 

Kitchen was arrested a few days after the fire when police saw his car at the scene shortly before the building went up in flames. 

Kitchen is also believed to be responsible for a string of arsons in Pullman that date back ten years including a rash of vehicle fires and structure fires.  He has not been charged in those cases. 

The federal judge is scheduled to review the plea and decide whether to accept it during a hearing in April.