Northwest Briefly: Fireworks burn home pregnant woman’s home

PARKLAND — Fourth of July weekend fireworks are being blamed for a Parkland house fire that has left a pregnant mother and another resident homeless. The blaze burned the woman’s baby clothes.

The one-story, wood-frame rental home was destroyed by the fire at 3 a.m. on Saturday.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but just an hour earlier, the Central Pierce Fire &Rescue department took the woman occupant to the hospital.

Battalion Chief Wayne Garden says the fire appeared to have been caused by fireworks that entered the home through an open window.

Seattle: Police seek men in home invasion

Seattle police are on the lookout for four or five men who forced their way into a house near Northwest Hospital and threatened the homeowner.

Police say they were called to the home at 10 p.m. for a report of an attempted armed robbery. The 54-year-old victim told officers that the group of men wearing hooded sweatshirts, bandannas and carrying guns entered his home through an unlocked back door and demanded money and drugs.

Police spokeswoman Rene Witt says it appears the men fled without taking anything.

Toppenish: Man shot by member of his gang

Police say they’re looking for a gang member following the fatal shooting of a member of the same gang.

Police say 24-year-old Alejandro Salas of Toppenish was shot multiple times in an altercation about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Police say Salas was at a friend’s house when another man arrived who is affiliated with the same gang as Salas. Police say the reason for the altercation between the two men is unknown.

Porter: Woman arrested after crash

A woman has been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide after a head-on crash claimed the life of a man on U.S. 12 about five miles south of Porter in Grays Harbor County.

Both lanes of the highway were shut down for nearly five hours after Saturday’s collision shortly before 9:40 a.m.

The State Patrol says the woman’s SUV struck a guard rail, crossed over the center line and struck the guard rail on the other side before hitting a car head-on. The vehicles were going in opposite directions.

Rochester: 3 hurt in cannon explosion

Metal shrapnel from an exploding cannon injured three people, including an 11-year-old boy, during a Fourth of July gathering in the Thurston County community of Rochester.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines says the cannon exploded about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

She says the boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with “severe lacerations” to his leg and abdomen.

Oregon: Man airlifted from Mount Hood

An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter airlifted an injured climber off Mount Hood and took him to a Portland hospital.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says the climber was at the 10,000-foot level of the mountain when he reportedly fell at least 100 feet and suffered a head injury.

A doctor and a paramedic were in the climbing party and cared for the man.

Associated Press

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