Police: Man lights car on fire near Spokane Public Safety building

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SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane man was arrested for lighting a car on fire near the Public Safety building on Monday.

According to police, a corporal was walking to his patrol car when he saw 31-year-old Christopher R. McDaniel trying to jump into the car, which was engulfed in flames.

The officer found a large can of gasoline in front of the car and detained the man as firefighters came to extinguish the fire.

Police said McDaniel had been given keys to a family member’s car and had been making comments about blowing up the car and being near the police station.

He was arrested and booked into jail for first-degree arson. Nobody was injured and police do not believe any other property was damaged in the fire.