2 teens interviewed in connection to Graham brush fire
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is interviewing two teens who may have been involved in starting a 10-acre brush fire in Graham on Friday.
No arrests have been made, but the department is interviewing a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old.
Strong winds stoked the fire and threatened a neighborhood near the 6300 block of 255th Street Court East, according to Pierce County Firefighters. Residents were forced to evacuate.
"I was just pretty numb over the whole thing," said homeowner Judy Johnson, who was among those who had to leave her home. "It's your home, and you look and you think wow, that's everything. That's your life. And I don't know if it would've gone up in flames – I don't know what I would have done."
Johnson said the flames came within 10 feet of her house.
She credits firefighters who worked hard to protect her home, and an alert neighbor who was the first to realize there was a fire in the area.
"We saw the flames, they were like 30 to 40 feet high. It was crazy. It spread really fast with the wind. Really fast. Faster than I expected," said Terry Neigel, who called 911.
Neigel also went door-to-door to warn his neighbors, as the flames moved closer and closer to their homes.
"If it wasn't for Terry and his wife, the fire would've taken the house out," said Johnson. "I'm very grateful."
Firefighters said they would remain on the scene overnight, to keep an eye on things. Rain moved into the area on Friday night and was a welcome sight for neighbors.