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How a fire destroyed Malden in a matter of hours

MALDEN, Wash. (Murrow News 8) – A fire caused by an electrical wire destroyed 80% of the farming town Malden, located 35 miles south of Spokane.

Whitman County Emergency Management Director Bill Tensfeld, who also is the head of the county fire district that includes Malden, said every firefighter in the county was called to fight two fires in Colfax and Malden.

Bill said that authorities are still working day and night to help the victims of the Malden fire.

Organizations such as United Way are still taking stock in Whitman County,where the local emergency management agency, the sheriff’s office, and fire officials planned to supply buildings and attempt to contact and account for all locals.


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