July 21, 2013 in City

In brief: Firefighters quickly quell fire threatening mobile home park

From Staff Reports
 

Firefighters quickly contained a 50-acre brush fire that began near a mobile home park on the West Plains on Saturday.

The fire began at about 6 p.m. and swept east, burning a narrow swath of trees just south of Interstate 90 near 7700 W. Westbow Blvd., fire officials said. The fire was contained shortly after 7 p.m. Investigators have not determined the fire’s cause.

No one was injured in the blaze, but three outbuildings and an abandoned vehicle were destroyed, officials said.

Linda Patterson, a resident of the mobile home park, said her kids came running into her house shouting about the fire. Terrified, Patterson ran outside to see the flames.

“If one trailer went, I’m sure they all would have went,” Patterson said.

Fire District 3, Fire District 10, the Medical Lake Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources responded to the fire, Fire District 3 Chief Bruce Holloway said. About 20 trucks and a DNR retardant-dumping airplane were on the scene.

“We got a lot of people out quick and nailed it,” Holloway said.

Fleeing driver surrenders to SWAT team without incident

A SWAT standoff in Airway Heights ended in surrender early Saturday morning.

A Washington State Patrol trooper attempted to stop Brandon G. Hagreen shortly after midnight for several traffic violations on westbound Interstate 90 near the Altamont exit, according to a news release. Hagreen fled, leading the WSP on a high-speed chase that ended with him hiding at his Airway Heights residence, according to the release.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team entered the home, arresting Hagreen without incident, according to the release.

Hagreen had an outstanding warrant for driving under the influence and was arrested on charges of eluding police, reckless driving, DUI and driving with a revoked license, according to the release.

The Airway Heights Police Department, Spokane International Airport Police and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helped the WSP respond to the incident, the release said.


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