1/3/2013 2:26:00 PM Rural Palestine barn fires are suspicious
LaMotte Township and Flat Rock fire departments were stretched to battle two suspicious barn fires Tuesday night. The fires are under investigation this morning. No one was injured as a result of the fires, but the LaMotte Township tanker was damaged and is temporarily out of service. (Tom Compton photo)
Two suspicious fires south of Palestine are under investigation this morning.
LaMotte Township Fire Chief Harry Purcell has called in the state fire marshal to investigate two suspicious barn fires that occurred about the same time Tuesday evening.
Firefighters were called out around 4:10 p.m. to a barn fire near the intersection of County Road 2100E and 700N. They were then called to a second structure fire in the 500 block of 2150E about 40 minutes after the first call.
The Flat Rock Fire Department was also called out to assist with the fires.
Purcell said they are investigating the fires, as both barns were old and did not have electricity running to them. He did not have a dollar estimate of the damage.
Purcell said he did not know if they are looking for a "firebug" or someone having fun, but in responding to the fire LaMotte Township's tanker was damaged and is out of service for repairs. The extent of the damage is not known, but having the tanker out of service limits the department's ability to fight fires that could occur.