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Friday woods fire being investigated

Monday, October 16, 2006

By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

Details surrounding a Friday evening fire in a woods located near the intersection of U.S. 46 and S.R. 59 are sketchy due to an ongoing investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Members of the Center Point and Cory fire departments responded to the location and quickly contained the fire.

In a telephone interview, Center Point Fire Chief Robert Martin said as far as he knew the fire was accidental -- a local fireworks businessman was testing/setting off fireworks, when the wind blew debris into a nearby wooded area, causing the fire.

He was unable to determine how big of an area was damaged in the fire.

"A sheriff's deputy was called down, but the man checked out as far as I know," Martin said. "He was bonded and had insurance, which will cover the cost of the fire damage. There was a fire and we put it out, I don't know much else about it."

Deputy Brison Swearingen confirmed he was dispatched to the scene, but was unable to comment about the details or the nature of the case.



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