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By Jana Mathia
Whitman County Gazette 

Neighbors took fast action against fire


September 17, 2020

COLFAX—Joann Rizzi knows exactly what time she made the call. Just before making the call, she had been outside her home on West Street. She heard a popping sound and saw sparks shooting from a power pole, then there was a weird smell life fireworks, she said.

Then she saw the fire and called 911 at 10:38 a.m. By the time she hung up with 911, the fire was 15 feet from a garage. Rizzi was watching her grandchildren and called to tell her daughter Richelle Cline she and the children were moving to another location.

Cline called her co-worker, Dave Hefling, telling him there was a fire ne...

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