By Jason Schock
Members of the Falls City Fire and FC Police Departments both directed questions surrounding two separate but oddly similar weekend fires to the State Fire Marshal’s Office Monday, but repeated calls to media contact State Deputy Ray Nance went unanswered and messages left were unreturned.
A 911 call was made at 9:22 p.m. Saturday to report a burning garage at 1203 Lane St. Twelve firemen responded and were on the scene until about 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Later Sunday, again at approximately 9 or 9:30 p.m., another house on the block, this one on the opposite corner at 1223 Lane St., was ablaze, prompting 14 firefighters to respond. Both homes are owned by 36-year-old Joshua M. Darden. Authorities called the fires “suspicious,” but would not comment further. No injuries were reported. The home at 1223 Lane St. was assessed in 2014 at $16,535. The investigation or investigations are ongoing.
Darden is a Los Angeles native and accomplished typeface designer who once taught at New York City’s Parsons School of Design. He established the Brooklyn-based Darden Studio in 2004, but appears to have moved out of NYC in or sometime around 2010.
Repeated attempts to contact Darden Monday were unsuccessful, as well.
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