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Several engines responded to a structure fire shortly after 6 p.m. at Chief Garry Park in northeast Spokane.
That structure was a port-a-potty.
Firefighters doused the blaze in the 2500 block of East Mission Avenue shortly after it started. Witnesses reported seeing heavy smoke in the area, and the pungent fumes of outhouse aftermath wafted in the breeze.
A young boy who was nearby, clothed only in swim trunks, said several such fires have occurred in the neighborhood recently. Another neighbor, a man whose air conditioner was on the fritz and who came to the park to check out the engines, said some garages went up a couple years ago around the same time.
All that remained of the portable toilet Saturday evening was the charred roof near a softball field. Children were playing on an adjacent field when the final engine left the scene around 6:30 p.m.
Veronica Evans had her front door kicked in recently in the Chief Garry Park area. After she replaced the door, someone has tried to enter her home twice more. (SRphoto/Dan Pelle)
The thieves are brazen in Veronica Evans’ neighborhood. They kicked in her door three weeks ago and ransacked her home, stealing valuables and leaving her fearful.
They’ve hit other homes near Chief Garry Park, too. At least 17. And they tried to burglarize Evans’ home twice more since she installed a new door.
She and her neighbors aren’t sitting idly by.
“People are just fed up and angry because it continues to happen,” Evans said.