Series of fires under investigation

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 4:37 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:36 AM
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A series of Richmond County fires this week is under investigation, but the fire chief says the frequency is not uncommon.

Since Sunday, the department has worked seven fires across the county.

"That's not unusual for us," Chief Howard Willis said Wednesday.

Several of the houses that burned were abandoned, and investigators are checking to see whether the fires were intentionally set. Willis said firefighters often answer calls to abandoned buildings and, typically, squatters are the cause.

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Einstein
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Einstein 04/20/11 - 03:53 pm
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 “That’s not unusual for us,”

 “That’s not unusual for us,” said Chief Howard Willis said Wednesday.

 Okay.... I'm baffled... If this isn't unusual, then WHY are they investigating? It may very well be just a big waste if time and money!!!

"Firefighters were first called to the home around 2:30 a.m. After putting the fire out, they received another call several hours later at the same location."

This is what is often called a, "reflash," or a, "rekindle." this is when a fire, thought to be extinguished, resumes burning. Frankly, I'm surprised that our fire department doesn't already know that thus can happen sometimes, but, I guess if they are going to waste time on an investigation when nothing unusual happens, I shouldn't be at all surprised. Sigh!

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tgentry 04/20/11 - 05:19 pm
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I was listening to the Fire

I was listening to the Fire Scanner on my site. They had a lot of calls on the East Boundary First street for fires Sunday night. They where working one when another call came in for another and then another. Both places where abandoned houses. One the temp for Sunday night was quite warm. Why would a squatter need to burn anything? I really wish the Richmond county would do something on these abandoned houses. If the taxes are not being paid then demolish them. If the taxes are paid then make the owner make the place secure instead of wide open. Our fire department does a fantastic job. If a investigation is under way (generally after fires they are) then lets wait and see what comes out of it.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/20/11 - 06:37 pm
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"If a investigation is under

"If a investigation is under way (generally after fires they are) then lets wait and see what comes out of it."

Yes. I agree. This story doesn't have much "meat on the bone." would have made more sense to wait for the results and write the story then (if wrongdoing was confirmed). As it stands, it just makes the fire department look a little silly by investigating something that doesn't even appear to be unusual, and being unfamiliar with rekindles. Oh well.... It is what it is.

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lovebugg 04/20/11 - 07:08 pm
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Well if "squatters" are

Well if "squatters" are burning the abandoned houses @ least someone is doing something about them rather than them just sitting there as eye sores or being used as drug houses!!!! Burn all the abandoned houses down!!!!!

Einstein
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Einstein 04/20/11 - 07:37 pm
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Lovebugg? Are you sure your

Lovebugg? Are you sure your name isn't "Firebugg?" there is an excess number if houses on the market right now. Do you really think it's a good idea to destroy these properties?

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