May 2, 2013 in City
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.