Burning Trash Causes House Fire

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

The two chimneys still stand, and not really much else.

The abandoned house sits on 80 acres. Owners of the property have built houses on it and were renting those and planning to gut this one and tear it down.

It’s more than 60 years old and dilapidated. However, Slocomb fire officials say those plans were somewhat derailed, when burning trash was left unattended and torched the house.

The heat slightly melted molding on a nearby house and cut its water supply because the water pump house was destroyed.

Slocomb, Hartford, and Wicksburg fire and police departments responded.

The owners said they were going to let local fire departments use the house as a training ground.

Not anymore. Authorities say it is not arson.

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