Firebug Used Kerosene in Augusta
State Fire Marshal Albert Sharpe of Georgia and Chief Frank G. Reynolds, of the Augusta, Ga., fire department, who have been investigating incendiary fires in that city, have come across some evidence in investigating a recent blaze which occurred in the Silver Block section on the 1,200 block of Broad Street, at 2:40 a. m., Tuesday, April 4. The officials spent an entire day investigating the fire. It is stated that the probe revealed that a partition in the rear of an apartment on Silver Block had been daubed with kerosene and that pieces of paper stuffed between the walls had evidently been soaked in oil. A tin receptacle in the rear of the apartment was found to contain traces of kerosene, according to the officials, who believe that this was used in applying the oil to the woodwork and paper. The charred condition of the woodwork showed unmistakable signs of kerosene having been applied. Chief Reynolds stated that the investigation would be pushed to the limit. The fire department records show that this is the third fire to have occurred in the Silver Block in the last five months. In the first fire J. E. Furman, who occupied one of the apartments, lost his life.
At a recent fire in the Bray Lumber Company’s plant at Valdosta, Ga., one of the most historic working locomotives in existence was destroyed by fire. It was built, by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, in 1856 and has since been in continuous service except when laid up for repairs. The old engine was used daily on the Bray road hauling logs to the mill. All that remains of it today is the boiler and wheels.
Chief Frank G. Reynolds of the Augusta, Ga., fire department with a motor pumper made a record run across country recently to Aiken, S. C., and rendered valuable assistance in helping the Aiken department conquer a fire which badly damaged the winter resort Highland Park Hotel.
According to a report of the forestry board of Rhode Island, the damage by fire to the forests of that state during 1921 was approximately $50,000.