Posted: 6:52 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fire in Vandalia city park called suspicious


Fire in Vandalia city park called suspicious photo
This Vandalia Fire Explorer, whose name was not immediately available, was one of several firefighters dispatched to help put out a suspicious smoky blaze found in Robinette Park on Wednesday afternoon, April 3, 2013. (no description)

By Breaking News Staff


A fire Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area of Robinette Park, near homes on Halifax Drive, has triggered an arson investigation.

The burning leaves, winter/early spring brush and debris that produced enough smoke to alarm residents had been burning since Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said.

“It’s been burning a while. It appears it’s a set fire…vandalism of some type,” Follick said.

Someone used “a makeshift torch of some type” to set the fire, which covered nearly two acres, he said.

Fire crews were dispatched after a resident called at about 4:30 p.m. to report seeing smoke in the area of Halifax Drive. Flames did reach the fence line, but no residences were threatened and no one was hurt, Follick said.

Once crews determined the fire was suspicious, an arson investigator was called in, Follick said. Evidence has been collected and investigators are looking for witnesses, he said.

Now that the weather is warmer, Follick is asking people to keep an eye out and report to their local police or fire departments anything they see that they believe is suspicious.


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