July 25, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 14

Lighter led to West Plains brush fire

The cause of a brush fire near a West Plains mobile home Saturday evening was apparently caused by some childs’ play.

Fire investigators have found that the initially reported 50-acre brush fire, now downgraded to 12.5 acres, was started by two children who were playing with a lighter. Both children are under 12-years old and will not face any criminal charges or citations.

“It’s the department’s stance that 12-years olds are not responsible for their own actions so very rarely do we seek cause for recovery or issue any citations for a fire like this,” Department of Natural Resources forester Matt Ugaldea said.

The fire began around 6 p.m. and moved east south of Interstate 90 burning trees and engulfing three outbuildings and an abandoned vehicle before it was contained around 7 p.m. by units of the Medical Lake Fire Department, the Department of Natural Resources and Spokane County Fire districts 3 and 10.

There were no reported injuries from the fire.

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