A series of fires, believed to be arson, kept the Spokane Valley Fire Department on high alert during the early morning hours Tuesday.
The fires were located in the general area between McDonald and University, north of Valleyway and south of Mission Avenue, said SVFD officials.
Two churches one storage shed, multiple trash cans and shrubs were ignited at separate locations, said Melanie Rose, department spokeswoman.
The first call came in around 12:30 a.m. and the final around 3 a.m. The first fire was set at Spokane Baptist Church, 1287 E. Broadway, which also sustained arson damage in December.
The second fire was reported at 12:43 a.m. in the shrubs at The Intersection (Valley Open Bible Church), 905 N. McDonald Road. The final call came at a storage trailer near Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave.
In the meantime, fires were reported in residential trash cans and shrubbery.
The damage to the churches was confined to the area of origin with minor smoke damage to the interior of the buildings.
Crews responded from one fire to the next, and the second fire was visible from the location of the first fire on Broadway. Valley Engine 1 was returning to quarters from the fourth fire when crews spotted another fire burning in some ornamental shrubs near a house.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the fires quickly, there were no injuries and the fires are currently under investigation, Rose said.
The Spokane Valley Police Department including the Air 1 helicopter and the sheriff K-9 units assisted in the effort to locate any suspicious persons in the area and spot any other fires.
“Residents and businesses in this area with video surveillance cameras are asked to report anything suspicious,” Rose said.
Anyone with information about any of these fires should call the fire department at 928-1700 or Crime Check, 456-2233.