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Police, fire depts investigate suspicious vehicle fire

JPD: Douglas Slingluff, 42, arrested on felony charges Friday

Posted: September 28, 2012 - 4:06pm  |  Updated: September 30, 2012 - 12:04am

Police say they have arrested a man in connection to vehicle fire in the parking lot of a housing complex in the Mendenhall Valley.

Juneau Police Department Sgt. Scott Erickson said in a news release Friday that Douglas Slingluff, 42, of Juneau, was arrested and charged with felony arson and criminal mischief.

An investigation revealed Slingluff purchased items to start the fire shortly before it was reported to the fire department at about 8:25 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.

Slingluff was questioned by police at about 4:15 p.m. Friday, then lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he is being held without bail.

No injuries were reported, according to Fire Marshal Daniel Jager.

In a phone interview Friday, Jager said the incident took place in the parking lot of the Riverbend Apartments housing complex at 2800 Postal Way.

A neighbor saw the smoke coming from the four-door 2000 Subaru Legacy and ran over the vehicle owner’s apartment to notify them, Jager said. The vehicle owner then called the fire department.

Capital City Fire and Rescue broke one of the car’s windows and extinguished the fire, which was confined inside the vehicle. Jager said the fire itself was small, but that there was extensive smoke damage which ruined the windows and interior of the car. Damages were estimated $4,000, he said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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