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Mobile homes destroyed by reckless burning


Roger Harnack | The Gazette

Three abandoned mobile homes were destroyed by multiple fires set to burn tall grass in Rosalia.

ROSALIA - Three Rosalia mobile homes were destroyed by fire on April 29 after fires set to burn tall grass got away from the landowner.

Tracy Porter, 65, of Rosalia, was arrested for reckless burning in the first degree, said Whitman County Undersheriff Chris Chapman.

Porter told deputies his family owns the abandoned trailer park on Summit Street.

"(He) admitted to lighting five fires on the property in order to burn the overgrown grass in and around the trailer park. Porter told investigators the wind picked up and the fires got away from him," stated Chapman.

By 11:15 a.m., Whitman Cou...

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