West Richland Teens In Trouble With Police For Harrington Fire
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - West Richland Police said seven teens are in trouble for a fire that burned 400 acres in West Richland.
The Fire Chief for Benton County Fire District Four, Mike Spring said the fire started because a farmer drove over a rock and caused sparks near Harrington Road in West Richland.
Police said on May 23 owners of the land filed a report about vandalism on their property. Authorities said the irrigation system was seriously damaged, water lines were broken and diesel was put into a tractor, which destroyed the vehicle. There were also rocks put into the water line.
Police said when the fire started on June 13 the farmer was unable to get any water to the flames because of all the vandalism ruined the system.
Among investigation West Richland Detectives were able to track down the teens that were responsible for the vandalism.
Both the West Richland Police Chief and the Fire Chief believe this fire could have been a lot smaller if the vandalism had not occurred.
The Fire Chief said there was 200,000 dollars worth of damage to the area.
Nearly 50 homes were threatened but none of them suffered any damage.
Police said the teens will face criminal charges. They are all between the ages of 14 and 18.