Spokane fire investigators solve two arson cases
Spokane fire investigators said they have solved two cases.
The investigators said James Caraker, 20, is in the Spokane County Jail in connection to a fire in West Central Spokane in early November. The fire was set at a house near Elm Street and Gardner Avenue. Investigators said someone threw a burning towel inside the back door while many of the people inside were sleeping.
Police originally thought the fire was a hate crime, causing the Joint Terrorism Task Force to join in the investigation.
Caraker is charged with first degree arson.
Investigators also said they solved a case that was more than a year old. In August 2011, arsonists torched a wooden playground in the Shadle neighborhood. According to investigators, the people behind that crime was Nicholas Brinton, 21, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy.
Brinton is already in the Spokane County Jail for an unrelated burglary charge. He is now charged with second degree arson. The 16-year-old boy is booked into the juvenile detention center.
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