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Yale Road Fire losses add up for homeowners

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

One Spokane County family was packed up and ready to go when the fire approached their home.

"All of a sudden it had just lit up and within a few minutes it had climbed up here and was in the grass field."

88-year-old Richard Laib could only watch from his truck as the fire approached his home.

"When the fire gets started in the canyon down there it gets so hot. It was just like a huge lava pit down there. Everything was glowing," Laib said. "There was nothing I could do and I lived with this thought all my life it could happen."

Efforts from fire crews, friends and family kept the flames from reaching Laib's home, but not everything on his property was saved. Laib has lived here for 75 years. He's collected tractors, old cars and other farm equipment, all things lost in the fire. And he's just now seeing the destruction for the first time.

"Yeah it's making me kind of sad this morning," he said.

The loss can't be counted. The memories: A lifetime.

It's things like this that you save as a farmer, as long as you still have an old tractor you save parts because they're hard to get and they're usable so you save them and you can't really pile them around your home, so you pile them, and it looks like we chose the wrong spot."

Improved weather conditions have kept the fire from spreading Tuesday.

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