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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Malden siren didn't work during firestorm


October 29, 2020

File Photo –– Roger Harnack

MALDEN –– Controversy continues over whether the Malden siren should have been used to warn the town during the Labor Day Fire.

The siren and the fire station burned, along with 70 percent of the town's structures.

The fire call went out that day at 11:58 a.m.

Arriving at the station were two volunteer firefighters. One was sent to knock on doors while the other, Dan Harwood, former 16-year Malden chief, went up to sound the siren for an extended warning.

"I pushed the button and nothing happened. There was no electricity," he said. "It's just what happened. As volunteers, we try our b...

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