EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM EAU CLAIRE POLICE DEPT.) - 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.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A Minnesota woman is now charged in connection to the fires at REACH and Whipple Street in Eau Claire.
Brandy Harrington, who is from St. Paul, appeared in Eau Claire County Court Monday morning. She's charged with two counts of arson to a building and two counts of possession of meth. Her bond was set at $10,000 cash.
According to the criminal complaint, Harrington and another man went in a shed by the REACH building early Friday morning and smoked meth. The complaint says Harrington and the man left the area and the two got into an argument. It says Harrington later told the man she started a fire in the shed.
Harrington is also charged in connection to the fire on Whipple Street Friday morning. The complaint says the man told investigators he believes Harrington started that fire because she was jealous that he was talking to a woman who lives there.
We'll have more on this developing story in our evening newscasts and on weau.com.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Eau Claire Police say they are interviewing two people in connection to the fires at REACH, Inc. and at 1827 Whipple Street.
Officers say they are investigating both fires as a criminal acts. They says the man and woman were arrested on unrelated meth charges.
Police say the man was spotted near the garage fire on Whipple Street and the woman was questioned after her name came up during interviews. Police have been interviewing several other people who live or work near REACH.
We'll have more information on our evening newscasts.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A fire has engulfed an Eau Claire business.
The Eau Claire Fire Department was called to a fire at REACH, Inc. at 2125 3rd Street just before 3 A.M. Friday morning.
Firefighters tell us no one was in the building at the time of the fire, and there are no reports of injuries.