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Officials scratching heads over suspicious fire

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A suspicious fire at an abandoned home in rural Center Point early Wednesday morning has officials asking the public for help in catching the person responsible.

Before 2 a.m., members of the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a fully engulfed structure fire in the area of 42 East Ashboro Road. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours, and returned again around 5 a.m., to try and put out a fire at a home, which has been vacant for several years, that had no utilities.

Although officials believe the fire is suspicious in nature, the Fire Marshal's Office was not contacted because the homeowner didn't have insurance on the property.

The structure was still smoldering, which is why firefighters will check the area periodically during the next few days.

"There have been a string of suspicious fires at abandoned houses in the Sugar Ridge Township over the past few years," Center Point Fire Chief Aaron Morgan told The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon.

Although no one has been hurt yet, Morgan said any structure fire has the potential to become dangerous.

"We have firefighters out at all hours of the night fighting fires that could spread to other areas," Morgan said.

A member of both Sugar Ridge and Perry townships fire departments, Morgan would like owners of abandoned structures in the two townships to check their property more frequently and contact him about where they are located. The information will be kept confidential.

"It's not to get anyone in trouble. I'd just like to catch who's doing this. We want to be able to keep a better eye on the locations," Morgan said. "Maybe if the homeowners stop by more often, they will find evidence of someone hanging around the property and we might be able to catch who's responsible."

Property owners can contact Center Point Fire Chief Aaron Morgan by phone at (812) 240-1021. To report information about suspicious activity near rural homes, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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"Although officials believe the fire is suspicious in nature, the Fire Marshal's Office was not contacted because the homeowner didn't have insurance on the property."

Vacant for several years and no utilities. Hmmmm, now why would they think the fire is suspicious? Sounds more like they are scratching their butts, not their heads.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 5:07 PM

A vacant property, no utilities and the proprety owner doesn't care about the loss...

Seems to me it would be a waste of time to spend money on investigating what officials have to refer to as "suspicious in nature" would be a BIG WASTE of time and money that could be put to better use.

Matt Dillion there are times when officials have to decide what is the best recourse for their resources...

This particular time, I think the fire chief made a wise and responsible decision for the people who support the local fire department and his volunteer firefighters.

I don't think your being sarcastic is responsible.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 6:31 PM

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