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By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

Residents: Siren never sounded

Alarm goes off daily, but not before Babb Fire


September 17, 2020

Roger Harnack | Free Press Publishing

The Babb Fire raced through Malden on Labor Day, Sept. 7, destroying vehicles, homes and lives. The town's fire siren never sounded, residents said.

MALDEN — Angry residents wanted an answer Tuesday on why the city's fire siren never sounded on Labor Day when the Babb Fire swept through town.

During a meeting that attracted more than 150 residents, volunteers and government officials, several residents loudly demanded an answer.

Among those residents is Vanessa Place, whose home was destroyed, leaving her, her husband and four kids living out of a travel trailer in the burned-out town.

"It (the siren) goes off at noon every day," she said. "It did not go off (on Labor Day, Sept. 7)."

Place directed her frustration at City Councilman S...

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