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Stevens County fire destroys house, several buildings

Picture submitted by KHQ viewer Meredith Adams Picture submitted by KHQ viewer Meredith Adams
Picture submitted by KHQ viewer Meredith Adams Picture submitted by KHQ viewer Meredith Adams

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - A large fire on a private  property off of Weaver Road east of Suncrest near the Stevens/Spokane County line has destroyed at least seven structures including one believed to be a home.

The fire, which burned into the early morning hours Wednesday, was still being monitored by fire crews from Stevens County Fire and the Washington Department of Natural Resources at 8 a.m. 

Fire investigators said they had no indication what started the fire but said it had probably started sometime before 11 Tuesday night. That's when they received a call from a concerned resident across the Spokane River who said they could see smoke coming from the area .

The property was littered with debris and garbage when the fire broke out. Fire crews on scene tell KHQ that they had no idea what was in the debris but later found several propane tanks buried in the garbage.

Fire crews expected to remain on the scene throughout the day Wednesday to watch the fire. They planned to dig a trail around the fire site in order to make sure it  wouldn't spread. Both Stevens County and DNR were forced to use specialized wildland firefighting equipment including water tender trucks and 4x4 vehicles to reach the property because regular fire trucks were too large.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and fire crews said they were unsure if the home is currently occupied.

 

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