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Cowlitz 5

A volunteer firefighter has been reunited with his Jeep after it was stolen last week while he was out fighting fires in the Columbia Gorge.

Jake Sorensen was one of three Cowlitz 5 volunteer firefighters who had personal belongings taken during a burglary at the Kalama Fire Station last week.

Sorensen and other Kalama-based volunteer firefighters have been working 18-hour days on the firelines at the Eagle Creek and Archer Mountain Fires.

Sorensen’s 1992 Jeep was reportedly found unoccupied in the Portland area and did not appear to be damaged, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

“My jeep was found! Thank you all for all of the shares! Very little damage was done. Truly blessed,” Sorensen wrote in a Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies say the burglary case is “a very active investigation,” and that they have identified a person of interest in the case.

Burglars took Sorensen’s Jeep, as well as several personal items from other volunteer firefighters, plus $100,000 worth of station equipment. That included a 2016 Ford pick-up truck which has since been found.

Kalama Fire Chief Vic Leatzow asked to share his appreciation for the outpouring of support his agency has received from the public.

Anyone with leads or information is encouraged to contact the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Anonymous tips can be submitted using the TIP411 smartphone app.


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