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The Naches Heights Fire Department has been unusually busy this summer. In the past couple weeks, they have put out nine suspicious fires that firefighters believe could have been started by an arsonist. But one fire in particular hit very close to home f The Naches Heights Fire Department has been unusually busy this summer. In the past couple weeks, they have put out nine suspicious fires that firefighters believe could have been started by an arsonist. But one fire in particular hit very close to home f
NACHES HEIGHTS, WA - The Naches Heights Fire Department has been unusually busy this summer. In the past couple weeks, they have put out nine suspicious fires that firefighters believe could have been started by an arsonist. But one fire in particular hit very close to home for the fire department.

Lesly Kezele volunteers to help us protect our homes in the worst case scenario. He never thought that scenario would ever happen to him. He was standing right here when the call came over the radio that changed his life. 

"And I thought, 'oh my God, it's my house,'" Lesly Kezele said.

Lesly ran outside to see a thin column of smoke in the distance. He immediately had a terrible feeling in the pit of his stomach. 

"And I started crying and balling," Lesly said. "I didn't know what to do."

Lesly stayed behind as firefighters raced out to fight the fire. What they found were flames that reached over 20 feet tall. 

"There was a crew here that tried to keep Lester's house from being damaged," Melissa Tillet said. "And they did the best they could but it just got to a point where it was unsafe and they had to get out of there."

"Oh it's just devastating," Lesly said. "Nobody want to have to go through what I've been through."

Not only did Lesly lose his home, but also his father's home. A father who passed away just a month ago from a heart attack. 

"Its like losing him all over again," Lesly said. "And it just makes me want to cry all the time. I lost his pictures, I lost his obituary, I lost everything, his memories." 

The department is banding together. They have started a GoFundMe account in the hopes of raising 50 thousand dollars for two new trailers for Lesly.

"He's a special person," Lesly said. "And he's close to our heart. So we wanted to make sure that we could do something to help him recover."

"It makes me feel happy and cheerful," Lesly said. "You know I've smiled every day."

Lesly may have lost everything, but at least he still has a place to call home. 

"Even though I lost my own house, I'll still go out and help others," Lesly said. 

The Naches Heights Fire Chief told us that fireworks have been found at several of the suspicious fires. Investigators have no leads so far. 

If you want to help donate, click on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/bce53g

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