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In brief: Nordstrom worker dies in downtown fall

Sat., March 1, 2014

A Nordstrom employee died Friday after falling from a ladder while doing maintenance inside the store in downtown Spokane.

Paul M. Inc, 52, died from multiple fractures to his head, according to the Spokane County medical examiner. Inc also sustained a contact electrical burn to his left wrist. His death has been ruled accidental.

Spokane police officers who originally responded to the fall thought he had been electrocuted.

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the incident.

Nordstrom closed Friday while authorities investigated the incident. Inc, who had worked for the company since 2001, was doing maintenance when he fell.

Store employees described Inc as sincere and nice, said Tara Darrow, a Nordstrom spokeswoman. People enjoyed working with him and will miss him.

The store is expected to reopen today. “Our hope is to not only serve our customers, but also to bring our employees together to comfort each other. We will have grief counselors on site for employees,” Darrow said.

River Park Square, where Nordstrom is located, is an affiliate of Cowles Co., the company that owns The Spokesman-Review.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Snow due to arrive on heels of wind, cold

Four to 8 inches of snow on Sunday and Monday may sound like trouble, but Spokane just went through 6 to 8 inches of snow last Sunday and Monday and survived.

The blowing cold today and tonight are here thanks to a western sweep of the so-called “polar vortex,” a deep polar low-pressure area that shifts southward toward Hudson Bay at times during the winter.

Northeast wind gusts today could reach 33 mph in Spokane with a high of 16 degrees and a low tonight of 8 when the wind chill on exposed skin will feel like minus 9.

National Weather Service forecasters said the main snow will start on Sunday morning and continue into Monday before changing to rain.

With rain and moderating temperatures expected at midweek, forecasters are now looking at the chance for urban and small-stream flooding throughout the region.

Mike Prager


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