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Tips sought after flag set on fire

The Spokane Valley Fire Department is looking for information on a person who tried to set fire to an American flag Monday night at American Behavioral Health, 12715 E. Mission Ave.

An employee apparently spotted someone at about 11:15 p.m. trying to set fire to the flag, which was still flying at half-staff after the Sept. 11 anniversary. “It did catch on fire and did burn part of the flag,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.

The employee saw a man running away. The department is asking that anyone with information on the fire call (509) 928-1700. “That’s one person it would be nice to catch,” Clifford said.

Firefighters responded to a much higher number of calls than normal for the week of Sept. 8-14. There were 184 EMS calls among the total 243 calls. Crews responded to a mutual aid fire in Fire District 9, a small fire at Kaiser Aluminum, six illegal fires, two oven fires, an unattended camp fire, two car fires and a small grass fire in the 18000 block of East Trent Avenue.

There were 13 car accidents reported and eight people were taken to the hospital. Three children were accidentally locked inside cars during the week. A crew was also called to Chester Elementary on Sept. 14 to help a young boy who had gotten his finger stuck inside a pipe on the playground.

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