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The OTHER thing that happened that night:

Yeah, right -- I'm sure it was totally unrelated ...

A fire that authorities term suspicious destroyed a mobile home near Cromwell late Wednesday, June 21.

A man who was reportedly one of the home's residents was arrested at the scene on unrelated charges, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Cromwell fire units were called to the home, at lot 66 in Shady Acres Mobile home Park, at 11:19 p.m., when a neighbor reported seeing a trailer on fire.

Police officers arrived on the scene moments later to discover the mobile home already engulfed in flames. Cromwell firefighters requested the Ligonier Fire Department to assist, and firefighters were able to knock down the flames in about ten minutes, although they stayed for about three hours to finish extinguishing and help investigate the blaze.

A Noble County EMS crew examined several firefighters for heat exhaustion because of the warm, humid weather, but no injuries were reported.

Police at the scene arrested Gene Allen Blair, 28, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Blair had been an occupant of the mobile home that burned, although an eviction hearing had reportedly been set for June 27. The Noble County Sheriff's Department received a report just before 10 a.m. Wednesday that Blair was behind on rent, and had allegedly threatened to burn down the same home that burned that night.

However, investigators caution that their investigation was just beginning, and no official determination of the cause had been made. Although made near the scene, Blair's public intoxication arrest was not directly related to the fire. He was released on bond Thursday afternoon, after an initial hearing in Noble Superior Court 2.

Seven fire trucks responded to the call, along with the Noble County EMS and Sheriff's departments, and the Ligonier Police Department.


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Jun. 23rd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
although an eviction hearing had reportedly been set

Not related, surely? It couldn't have been, could it?
Jun. 23rd, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
What? You've never heard of coincidence?

Charges are pending, I assure you. :-)
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Ah! I finally figured out where the 'leave a comment' link was. It is late.

I agree with your original conjecture. I'm sure there is absolutely no connection between the hearing and the fire.

Why, nobody could be so wicked!


Love the new layout.
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Oh, heck no; we're all kind and considerate, here. :-0
Jun. 29th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
new layout
Oops, I almost missed the comment about the layout. I have jillyh2009 (also known as my daughter) to thank for that. I left my LJ up one day when we traded places, and she decided to do some fashion surgery on me. I like it too!
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