Sunday, September 20, 2020

Long hours for firefighters at suspicious fires

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Members of the Chatham-Kent Fire Department put in some long hours battling two suspicious fires in Chatham-Kent on Friday.

Police are investigating two blazes, one at 9983 Union Line and the other 11484 Claymore Line, for suspected arson.

Fire officials say $15,000 damage was caused when some bales of hay/straw was torched.

There were more than 200 bales at Union Line and over 150 bales ignited at Claymore Line.

Excavators were called in to assist in breaking down the bales, fire officials said.

“The duration of the calls were 11 hours at Union Line and eight hours at Claymore Line,” stated Bob Davidson, assistant fire chief. “Additional resources were required for water supply and firefighter relief.”

Davidson added there was no obvious cause, and the Chatham-Kent Police are investigating.

Firefighters from Station 5 Tupperville, Station 7 Chatham South, Station 4 Dover and Station 3 Wallaceburg responded to the Union Line blaze.

Firefighters from Station 6 Dresden and Station 8 Thamesville responded to Claymore Line.

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