Martha SparksSociety Editor
November 2, 2012
The Logan Fire Department responded to another fire in an abandoned structure on 22 High Street early Wednesday morning.
“This was an old, vacant structure,” Beckett said. “It was definitely a set fire. We have contacted the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate.”
Beckett said this is the second fire on High Street the department has fought recently.
“That’s two fires on High Street in the last four or five weeks,” Beckett said.
Beckett is asking if anyone saw anything that night around 1 or 2 a.m. to contact the Logan Fire Department or the State Fire Marshal’s office.
“If anyone has any information as to who would do this, there is a reward through the Fire Marshal’s office for information leading to their arrest,” Beckett said.
Beckett said that although the structures were abandoned and only a couple of houses separated them, the deliberately set fires create a dangerous situation for nearby residents.
“These houses are real close in a town like this, and if we have a high wind situation, we never know which way it is going to go,” Beckett said. “A lot of people don’t understand that. But we do have an arson problem on High Street that is a fact.”
A fire recently in City View at an abandoned structure was also ruled arson, but Beckett doesn’t believe they are connected.
The Arson Hotline to the Fire Marshal is 1-800-233-FIRE (3473).
“You can leave an anonymous tip. There is a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest,” Beckett said. “The City Police is also working with the Fire Marshal on these in-town fires.”
To reach the Logan Fire Dept., call 304-752-3601.
The Logan Fire Department also responded to the vehicle accident on Rt. 10 early Wednesday morning that claimed the life of 19-year-old Kayla Brown of Man.