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Crews battle

January 30, 2001

two blazes on

Sunday night

By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

WINTERHAVEN — Fire crews battled two reportedly unrelated blazes, one suspected to be an arson, at the same time here Sunday.

The first fire, which county fire arson investigators think was deliberately set, was reported by a county Sheriff's Office deputy at 11:30 p.m. at a vacant house on Third and G streets.

The deputy that reported the fire suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said sheriff's Sgt. Sharon Stogner. The deputy's identity was unavailable this morning.


There were two points of origin, both in a bedroom. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire before much damage was done to the house, one arson investigator said.

Investigators found a door to the home had been broken open, and they suspect transients may have been staying there.

The second fire was reported at the same time at Railroad and E streets, about four blocks away, in a motor home parked outside the owner's house.

Damage in that fire, which was thought to be accidental, is estimated at $6,000, the arson investigator said.

A county sheriff's deputy also reported that fire, officials said.

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