Suspicious Fire and Bank Burglary Investigation
Marisa Lloyd

Suspicious Fire and Bank Burglary Investigation

Post Falls Police Department

POST FALLS -- On Thusday, November 18, around 12:37 a.m., the Post Falls Police Department and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue (KCFR) responded to the 1900 block of East Mullan Avenue for an abandoned house on fire and fully engulfed.

KCFR quickly knocked down the fire and the source of the fire has yet to be determined.

PFPD and KCFR investigators are working together to determine the cause. Because there is no obvious accidental source for this fire, it has been labeled as suspicious.

As KCFR was fighting the fire, a bank alarm was received by the PFPD at 12:57 AM from Columbia Bank located in the 3200 block of E Mullan Ave.

This bank is within walking distance of the fire location. The alarm company reported someone had forced entry into the business through a window and they could see a male dressed in black burglarizing the building.

Due to a delay by the alarm company, by the time the police were notified, the suspect had already fled.

At this time, they do not have any evidence that directly ties the fire and the bank burglary together, but the circumstances lead them to believe that they could be related.

They have not identified the suspect and they are releasing photographs of the suspect in the bank in hopes that someone might recognize the suspect’s clothing or equipment.

Detectives are interested in speaking with any witnesses and any person that might recognize the suspect. You may email your information to detectives@postfallspolice.com or call Detective Jason DeWitt at 208-773-6383.

The Post Falls Police Department will release further information about this incident as it becomes available.

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