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Transient breaks leg running from cave fire

A man who was living in a makeshift cave dwelling along the Spokane River broke his leg this morning running from a fire that ignited inside the structure.

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said the man was a transient and had been living in the cave off Upriver Drive near Boulder Beach for about eight days.

He had used sticks and logs to build a shelter up against large boulders that lean over like a cave.

The cause of the fire is unknown, Chamberlin said, but the man will not be charged for illegal burning on the property, which is part of the city parks system.