Brush Fires Under Investigation

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

March 12, 2006

Brush fires kept Charlottesville firefighters busy Sunday afternoon. Two separate fires broke out just after 4 p.m. along railroad tracks near Jefferson Park Avenue and Grove Street.

According to authorities one home on Baker Street was threatened by the flames, but was not damaged.

Initially the cause was blamed on sparks that may have come from a passing train, but a witness in the area told authorities that the fires may have been started on purpose.

Both incidents are under investigation and are being handled by city police and the fire chief.

The department is reminding residents of the burn ban in the city, and that our area is more than four inches below the rainfall average for this time of year.

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