[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 53°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 45°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Suspicious fire guts area home

Monday, May 26, 2008

(Photo)
An area home, 611 W. Jackson St., Brazil, was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.
Officials are undecided whether they will investigate a suspicious fire that destroyed a vacant Brazil home Sunday evening.

"It was a nasty one," Brazil Fire Chief Jim Smith told The Brazil Times. "The house had been renovated several times before it was left vacant. We had to fight our way through several ceilings and walls."

Shortly before 8 p.m., Sunday, the Brazil City Fire Department was dispatched to a home located at 611 West Jackson Street. Firefighters were on the scene battling the flames and intense smoke, which could be seen for several blocks, until around midnight.

The home was a total loss and Smith said the fire was suspicious in nature because there were no utilities in service at the home, which has been vacant for several years.

A cause has yet to be determined, but Smith said the decision to investigate the fire would be held off until after he was able to talk with the property owner sometime today.

Other than taking such a long time, Smith said the fire was otherwise uneventful.

"We had traffic tied up for a while and the whole neighborhood was out watching," Smith said. "But, no one was hurt during the fire, which is always a good thing."


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

It appears the fire was arson, which is a crime. And they don't know if they will investigate? Sounds to me like the Mayor made a wise choice appointing Smith as Fire Chief.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Mon, May 26, 2008, at 10:27 AM

IN RESPONSE TO MATT'S COMMIT, PUT A LIP ON IT UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS !! JIM SMITH'S HONESITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE COMMAND IS ONE OF THE BEST. HE DID NOT SAY THEIR WAS NOT GOING TO BE AN INVESTIGTION. IF HE WANTS TO DELAY THE INVESTIGATION, THEIR IS A GOOD REASON. I WAS UNDER JIM'S COMMAND, AS AN OFFICER, .. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST.

-- Posted by FIRETRKNUT on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 2:02 AM

Stop and think people this was a fire in an abandoned house that was in disrepair. I am sure that the Fire Department wanted to contact the owner and get his feelings before jumping into a long and costly investigation. Yes arson is a crime and anyone guilty of it needs to be pursed, prosecuted and sent away for the maximum amount of time allowable, however theirs a big difference between arson and suspicious. I do not believe that chief Smith ever me mentioned arson in his comments to the media. So give the Brazil Fire Department a break they are understaffed, under budgeted and still manage to do a damn fine job when YOU NEED them.

-- Posted by lucky on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 3:35 PM

"The home was a total loss and Smith said the fire was suspicious in nature because there were no utilities in service at the home, which has been vacant for several years"

So, have they decided to investigate a fire in a vacant house with no utilities? The fire didn't start itself now did it. Sure points to arson don't you think? Oh well, it was just a vacant house, no one hurt or killed.....this time.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 10:08 AM

They investigated and found the fire was arson. Imagine that. Glad to hear arrests were made.

http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/1432...

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 10:23 PM

Wow, Matt Dillion.....you seem angry with the fire department or Jim Smith! There are a lot of possibilities to be considered before jumping to conclusions. Why be so quick to be critical??? There are a good number of empty eyesores in Brazil that could benefit from a wild spark. I'm just glad no one was hurt, the fire chief took the time to approach the fire cause professionally, and the teens were caught!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Wed, May 28, 2008, at 10:42 PM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: