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Fire started by burned food destroys mobile home

Two escape from fire

in Montesano

Two people were able to escape their burning mobile home Saturday afternoon despite their smoke detectors not working, the Montesano Fire Department reported.

The people were asleep when the fire started about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but were awakened by the smell of smoke, according to a press release from Chief Corey Rux. They found the majority of their home on fire and were able to evacuate safely. Rux said damages stood at about $20,000. Montesano firefighters responded to the 2300 block of East Beacon Avenue, but the mobile home was already well involved, the press release states.

The investigation showed the fire was caused accidentally by burned food on the stove. The home had smoke detectors but they did not alarm, according to the press release.

Car tabs going up for

some to pay for ferry

Some Washington drivers could see a new fee added to their vehicle-tab transactions starting next year.

Both the Senate and House agreed on a bill that would add a $5 fee for vehicle-registration renewals and purchases and a $12 fee for title transactions through public offices. Unless the bill is vetoed by the governor, it will become law.

The money generated by the new fees would pay for a third 144-car ferry.

Currently, private businesses that offer these services already charge an administrative fee, online and over the counter. The bill would require public offices, such as county courthouses and the state Department of Licensing, to add the fee to each transaction as well, including online. There was no additional convenience fees if someone renews their tabs by mail or online.

Vidette & Daily World staff reports