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Prosecutor: No charges in Valley View fire

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SPOKANE, Wash. - No criminal charges will be filed against a woman and teenager blamed for a massive fire last summer that destroyed 11 homes and cost $3 million to fight, the Spokane County Prosecutors Office said Wednesday.

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On July 7, 2008, a camp fire was started in a fire pit that had been regularly used since 1995.  According to eye witness accounts, the juvenile believed responsible for starting a blaze in the fire pit had doused and stirred the ashes twice before leaving. 

Three days later, on July 10 at approximately 3:15 p.m., a wild fire erupted in the area.  The fire's apparent cause was extremely low relative humidity and high wind gusts exceeding 40 mph, which may have caused embers from smoldering roots to escape the fire pit.

As a result of this fire and the damage it caused to private property, numerous law suits have been filed involving many plaintiffs, insurance investigators and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

After discussing the case with representatives from DNR, the Washington State Attorney General's Office, the Spokane Valley Fire Department and reviewing the potential administrative code violations with them, it has been determined that pursuing the potential administrative code violations by the Prosecutor's Office could unreasonably interfere with the legal rights and responsibilities of the parties to the pending - and filed - civil lawsuits.



 

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