Fire investigators have determined that the early-morning fire at the Spokane Teacher's Credit Union branch under construction near 57th Avenue and Regal Street was suspicious and may have been intentionally set.
"There is strong reason to believe that the fire is suspicious," said Bill Walkup, Spokane County Fire District 8 chief.
The fire started around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 5700 block of North Hailee Lane.
Firefighters said they were able to put the fire out quickly, but there was still a lot of damage to the back rafters of the building.
According to firefighters, there was no electricity running to the building yet.
Fire investigators brought in Mako, an accelerant-sniffing dog from the Spokane Valley Fire Department, to aid in the investigation.
According to Spokane Teacher's Credit Union, they don't expect the fire to delay the November opening of the branch because the construction was already ahead of schedule.