- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A man suspected of dropping a cigarette and causing a fire that burned at least three homes in August is facing a charge in Flathead County.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1N0uhaT) Joseph DeVera was charged with misdemeanor negligent endangerment related to the 6.5-acre blaze on Aug. 5 that evacuated homes in Evergreen. He has not yet appeared in court.

Deputy County Attorney Kenneth Park says the fire caused over $500,000 in damage.

DeVera also recently pleaded not guilty to a felony theft charge involving a 2007 Chevy Impala that was stolen Aug. 13.

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This story has been corrected to show that DeVera has not yet entered a plea on the negligent endangerment charge.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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