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The burned-out building owned by Ivan Kriger is seen in this February 2018 photo. By July of that year, a crew had demolished it, but Kriger now faces insurance fraud claims tied to its removal.   (JESSE TINSLEY) Kriger also refused to pay for the asbestos cleanup that the Spokane Clean Air Agency ordered after the building’s destruction . Fire investigators said they believed it was set by homeless occupants trying to stay warm. There were no injuries reported. Efforts to reach Kriger, via phone numbers and an email on publicly available corporation documents, were unsuccessful Wednesday. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest after a failure to appear at a court date Nov. 4. The city of Spokane took learn this here now out a lien against the property and contracted with Rob’s Demolition to remove what remained of the building and the asbestos. The work was completed in July 2018 at a cost of about $380,000, according to city records. Seven months later, in February 2019, Kriger submitted a $280,000 claim for damages to the city of Spokane, alleging the city’s contractor had damaged a parking lot next to the building during demolition. A follow-up investigation by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, using satellite images and testimony from neighboring property owners, found that the alleged parking lot damage had been present since at least October 2013.


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