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Morning Press: Former church destroyed in blaze; fatal Hazel Dell shooting; Keil dies

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Former church, Battle Ground home destroyed in human-caused fire

A former church and the house next door burned down in an early morning fire in Battle Ground that officials say may have been sparked by fireworks.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue was dispatched around 2:24 a.m. Monday to the old Cherry Grove Church in the 24200 block of Northeast 92nd Avenue after a neighbor called to report he’d heard an explosion.

One dead after shooting at Hazel Dell house

Investigators responding to a reported shooting Tuesday afternoon found a person dead inside a house off Northwest 82nd Street in Hazel Dell.

About a dozen Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars, an armored vehicle and major crimes detectives responded to the call, which investigators described as a homicide, at 620 N.W. 82nd St.

Deal will keep Vancouver man’s former state ferry at Olympia port

OLYMPIA — A new moorage agreement was announced during the Port of Olympia commission work session Tuesday — one that will keep the former Washington state ferry alongside the marine terminal through May 2022.

Marine terminal director, Len Faucher, told the commission on Tuesday that the relatively new owner of the 310-foot vessel needs more time to convert the ferry to battery power.

Vancouver fire marshal issued citations, confiscated fireworks on holiday

The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office issued seven citations to people who were caught lighting fireworks for the Fourth of July, despite a fireworks ban in city limits.

City fire officials also confiscated fireworks 16 times on the holiday and issued nine warnings.

Ron Keil, founder of Clark County grocery store chain, dies at 88

Former local grocery store chain owner Ron Keil, who founded and owned Keil’s Grocery and built his small empire to seven stores in Clark County and around the Pacific Northwest, died on June 29 at age 88.

Keil opened the first store in 1954 in the Longview-Kelso area after serving in the U.S. Army and graduating from Clark College and the University of Oregon.

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