UNION — For the third time in less than a month the Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious fire.
Roger Bailey, public information officer for the Southside Fire Department, said Monday that his department was called to a grass fire on the 200 block of Hummingbird Lane, Union, around 2 a.m. Sunday. Bailey said Southside firefighters were on the scene for approximately 20 minutes before the fire was extinguished. He said the fire burned approximately a quarter of an acre grass but damaged no buildings and caused no injuries.
Despite the lack of damage or injuries, Bailey said given its suspicious nature, the department asked the sheriff’s office to investigate the fire.
“We called the sheriff’s office to investigate because there was nothing we know of that could have caused the fire,” Bailey said. “We couldn’t determine the cause of the fire.”
Bailey pointed out that Sunday’s fire was the third suspicious fire in less than a month.
On January 30, a fire destroyed an unoccupied house at 613 Monarch Highway, and on January 31, a fire destroyed an unoccupied house at 132 Lovers Lane Road, Union. Southside responded to both fires and the sheriff’s office investigating both incidents.
As he did after the fire on Lovers Lane Road, Bailey urged residents to be aware of what is going on in their neighborhoods and report anything strange to the sheriff’s office.
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