Man accused of lighting St. Charles fire now facing federal charges

St Charles Fire
Credit: Brian Schaeffer

SPOKANE, Wash. — The man accused of lighting fire to St. Charles Parrish and School now faces federal arson charges. 

A federal grand jury in Spokane returned an indictment charging 23-year-old Rio A. Mirabal in relation to the March fire. He was already facing state charges. 

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Investigators said the fire caused extensive damage to the church rectory and the hallway of the school. 

Police identified Mirabel as the suspect through surveillance footage. A family member turned him in and police said forensic evidence tied him to the scene. 

If Mirabel is found guilty, he faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years. He could also face a $250,000 fine. 

Mirabel has been in custody since his arrest.

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