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Good Samaritans douse fire before it spreads

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Firefighters say a fire could’ve been much worse if it weren’t for two people who jumped out of their car to put it out.

Around 6:00p.m. Sunday, Lewiston and Nez Perce County fire departments were called to the scene of a small grass fire on Gun Club Road. Luckily, these two Lewiston men were driving down that road and saw it. They stopped to put it out and called 911.

Although crews say it could’ve been a dangerous situation, the two men said they wanted to put it out while they still could.

"We pulled our shirts off and put them in a little ball and started hitting it. And sometimes when we were hitting it, it would spread even more. It was burning our chest and our faces. We kept hitting it and it finally went out, we grabbed some dirt and threw it on it. It was spreading really -really fast. It was really dry out there,” said Kole Saarela and Darin Patterson.

The fire was 20 by 30 feet. Crews made sure it was out. They believe a powerline is responsible and if wind had been a factor, it could’ve turned into a large wildfire quickly.

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