Landowner files suit following Valley View fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Landowner files suit following Valley View fire

Remnants of recreational fire thought to be the cause of Valley View fire (Above & Below) Remnants of recreational fire thought to be the cause of Valley View fire (Above & Below)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The owner of the land where the Valley View fire is said to have started, has filed a lawsuit against Tracy Berg. Berg was at one time named the person responsible for the fire by Spokane Valley Fire Department, but later was found not to be responsible.

According to court documents, Glen Cloninger is the owner of the empty lot, located on Eastern lane, where officials say the Valley View fire started. Berg lives adjacent to that empty lot.

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Court documents allege that on July 7, 2008 Tracy Berg negligently authorized a 16-year-old boy, whose unnamed father is also listed as a defendant, to trespass on Cloninger's property and light a recreational fire. Documents state the trespass was without authorization, permission, unlawful and a negligent intrusion.

The suit also alleges that Berg and the child failed to control the fire and let it get out of control which caused extensive damage to Cloninger's property. The suit is seeking $75,000 from Berg and the father of the child for damage caused to the property. If the court finds that the alleged trespass was willful or intentional, Cloninger's suit asks the damages be tripled.
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