Fire destroys Colville tribal headquarters in Nespelem

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Fire destroys Colville tribal headquarters in Nespelem

NESPELEM, Wash. — A fire early today destroyed the three-story administration building for the Colville Indian reservation, said Mike Finley, chairman of the business council.

No one was believed to be in the building when fire broke out at 1 a.m. in Nespelem, about five miles north of Grand Coulee Dam. There’s no indication yet how it started. It was not related to a wildfire, Finley said.

Firefighters prevented flames from spreading to a Bureau of Indian Affairs building, he said.

The building that burned to the ground housed the business council and support staff for the Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation.

Tribal records were lost and some services will be bottlenecked, Finley said. The confederation has 12 tribes with 9,470 members and a 1.4 million reservation.

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