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Mead homeowners thankful firefighters keep blaze at bay

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MEAD, Wash. -

Tense moments as a fire burning in the Mead area threatened a few homes, but thanks to an eagle-eyed neighbor, those homes are safe Monday night.

Just after 4 p.m., firefighters got a call of a large column of smoke coming from a fire burning off of Day Mount Spokane Road in Mead. The man who spotted the smoke and called 911 was David Takken. He's lived in the area for more than 24 years. Along with another neighbor, David grabbed a hose to keep the fire away from their homes until firefighters arrived.

Crews took over and focused on protecting building, including three homes that were threatened  Firefighters on the ground were assisted by a plane dropping retardant. Eventually they were able to get control of the fire which is now contained.

Firefighters tell KHQ that it's a great reminder that we're in the middle of fire season, and even though conditions aren't as bad as they've been the past couple of years, it's still dry.

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