The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigated two brush fires and a shed fire on Feb. 12. Two of the fires created property damage, according to Sheriff David Harvey.
Sheriff Harvey reminded residents to be careful of fire during the colder, drier winter months when grass and other brush are much more susceptible to burn.
The first brush fire was reported on Glover Lane in Crawfordville. The fire consumed a five acre area and burned property owned by James L. Harvey. The fire burned an inoperable motor home and matting used to create earth worm beds. The items were valued at $2,500.
The Wakulla County Fire Department arrived on the scene and put out the blaze. It was determined that the fire originated at a burn pile on a neighboring property. The case investigation was turned over to the Florida Division of Forestry. Deputy Charles Porter investigated.
The second fire involved three juveniles, ages 13, 13 and 15, who were walking to Wal-Mart when they tossed some firecrackers on a lot at 1885 Crawfordville Highway. The juveniles walked 100 yards and realized the grass caught fire and contacted the sheriff’s office after not being able to control the blaze.
The Wakulla Fire Department arrived and put out the fire but a fence suffered some burn damage. A Talquin Electric utility box escaped undamaged. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
The structure fire was reported by Paul Francis Russo of Robins Nest Lane in Crawfordville. Deputy Sean Wheeler observed the victim and a female companion attempting to put the shed fire out with a garden hose. They rescued some tools from the outside of the fully engulfed shed and the fire department put out the blaze. The damage to the shed and tools inside was valued at $30,500. The state Fire Marshal and the Criminal Investigations Division were contacted to continue the investigation and attempt to determine a cause.
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