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Charges filed in Eau Claire arson

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 Eau Claire (WQOW)- Charges are filed for Friday's devastating fire that destroyed Reach Incorporated in Eau Claire.

Brandy Harrington was charged Monday with two counts of arson and a charge of possessing meth.   She's suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the Reach building, and another fire several blocks away that gutted a garage.

Police say Harrington's boyfriend, David London, said she admitted to him that she set the Reach fire. He suspected she did it because she was jealous that he had talked to another woman. That woman lived at the home where the garage fire broke out. London has also been charged with possession of meth and resisting an officer.

Investigators say he also told them that the couple had gone into a shed alongside Reach because they were cold and wanted to smoke meth. The fire started in the shed then spread to the Reach building. Detectives say they detected flammable liquids on Harrington's shoes. Investigators also say that Harrington's father reported that she had called him Friday and said she had set a building on fire.

 

Press Release: On Friday, September 27, 2013, Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue personnel responded to two separate structure fires on the northwest side of the City of Eau Claire.

The following information details the events surrounding the investigation of those fires:

On Friday, September 7, 2013, at 3:04 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire at Reach, Inc., located at 2125 3rd Street.

At 6:39 a.m., Eau Claire Police and Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a garage fire behind the residence at 1827 Whipple Street. Eau Claire Police Detectives immediately arrived on scene of the Whipple Street fire and observed David G. London who was identified as having knowledge of the fire. He was questioned regarding the fires and implicated Brandy K. Harrington for starting the fire at Reach, Inc. He also suspected that she started the fire on Whipple Street because she was jealous that he spoke with a woman who lived at that residence. London was arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest charges. 
Eau Claire Police detectives located Brandy K. Harrington walking in the neighborhood later that morning. She was questioned regarding the fires and was ultimately arrested and held in jail on Possession of Methamphetamine charges.

 

Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall's Office was requested to assist in the investigation. Eau Claire Police detectives and DCI Special Agents conducted interviews and a neighborhood canvass to gather information.

The Eau Claire Police Department Crime Scene Unit, the Eau Claire Fire Inspector and the State Fire Marshall's Office worked throughout the weekend to gather physical evidence and conduct additional interviews which corroborated the information previously provided showing that Brandy Harrington was responsible for setting both fires.

The Eau Claire County District Attorney's Office formally charged Harrington with two counts of Arson along with the initial charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. David London was formally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting an Officer.

On Monday September 30, 2013, Harrington and London appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court. Harrington received a $10,000 cash bond. London received a $4,000 cash bond.

The Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division, the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall's Office and the Eau Claire Fire Inspector continue to investigate the fires and the circumstances surrounding them.

The Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire Fire & Rescue appreciates and recognizes the assistance provided by the Altoona Fire Department, Township Fire Department, City of Eau Claire Public Works Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation / State Fire Marshall's Office. We also appreciate the cooperation of the neighbors and citizens of the City of Eau Claire as related to the investigation of these cases.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - An update on Friday's devastating fire that destroyed Reach, Incorporated in Eau Claire. 

A police department spokesman said Monday that Brandy Harrington was charged with arson. She's suspected of setting the fire that destroyed the building.

Harrington was arrested Friday on charges of possessing methamphetamine. Harrington is also being investigated for a garage fire that occurred several blocks away, several hours after the Reach fire.

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