Instead, he found some grass and a wooden pallet on fire outside of a business. It was apparent this was arson, according to Police. A few blocks away, the same officer spotted another fire in an alleyway, next to an old oil drum by a garage and some trees.
The officer called the Fire Department, who then put out the flames.
Given the nature of these two fire events, the officer called in more units to help investigate.
Witnesses told police they saw a woman leaving the locations of both these fires, and their description of her was the same.
Officers eventually identified 36-year-old Christine Comello as the woman the witnesses had described.
Comello lied to police about her name, because she had a felony warrant for her arrest for burglary and another arson incident from a few weeks prior, where she reportedly started fires at a Spokane Valley business.
Comello was then identified in a surveillance video and was confirmed to be the suspect described by witnesses.
A lighter and burnt paper were later found in her pockets.
Comello was then booked into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree arson, second-degree arson and burglary.
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