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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Go Fund Me set up for Bliesner family


Last updated 9/11/2020 at 10:11am

Contributed photo by Connie Marsh

The remains of John and Carolyn Bliesner's home in Malden, Wash. are shown above. Like many others in the small town, the couple lost everything they had when they were given a warning to leave immediately to escape the fast moving Babbs Road Fire on Labor Day.

CHENEY – The only warning Malden residents John and Carolyn Bliesner had of the coming disaster was the urgent pounding on their door and yelled instructions to leave - now.

The couple's daughter, Connie Marsh, said they only had time to grab a few things before they bolted from their home on West Moreland and fled to nearby Rosalia to seek shelter along with other residents from the firestorm that consumed 70-80 percent of the small Whitman County town.

"It's hard to understand," Marsh of Cheney said Tuesday morning. "It sounded like the winds changed direction."

The fire began near Babb...

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