Officials continue search

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Citizens’ calls to the Fire Prevention Bureau with information on recent fires and other incidents are producing some good leads, said Capt. James T. Judkins on Monday. The city’s emergency management coordinator added that while there have been no additional fires or explosions like the one in Burnett’s Mill last Tuesday, Fire Marshal Arthur Barrett and Fire Investigator Pam King would continue this investigation until they have the perpetrators in hand.

They have requested people to call them (923-4787) with any information that may help locate the persons responsible for setting off explosive devices, slashing tires, or setting fires in the Hillpoint Farms, Burnett’s Mill, or Applewood subdivisions.

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Barrett said that at least 11 fire-related incidents have taken place in those localities in less than a month.

According to King, none of the fires have resulted in any damage. However, the fires are not only increasing in number, but also growing larger each time one is set.

Judkins also noted that manufacturing an explosive device is considered a Class 5 Felony and may carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.