State fire marshal: 10 vacant county houses have burned

State fire marshal: 10 vacant county houses have burned
Special to the Press
According to statistics from the state fire marshal’s office in Nashville, 10 vacant building fires were reported in Weakley County out of a total of 50 fires from Oct. 1, 2011-March 31, 2013.
Six of those 10 fires were at vacant and secured structures, while four of those fires were at vacant and unsecured structures according to a report released by D. Christopher Garrett, director of communications for the Department of Commerce and Insurance in Nashville.
The report states that 37 fires occurred in structures in normal use. However, 19 confined fires were reported. “So the total structure fires reported is 69,” Garrett said.
The report, prepared from data submitted by all of the fire departments in Weakly County, also showed the total number of occupied structure fires to be 56. The total number of vacant fires for the 18-month period was 10.
The 10 vacant structure fires include fires on Public Wells Road and Rowlett Road and Kenny Road. Fire department officials are currently investigating the cause of the fires on Public Wells Road, Rowlett Road and Cypress Creek Road (April 3).
Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers said the fire on Kenny Road was weather-related. However, he said the other three fires are still under investigation.
Published in The WCP 4.25.13

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