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County, state begin fire investigation
August 27, 2010 Jerry Purvis   

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The Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office is now working with the State Fire Marshal to investigate three recent suspicious fires in the Gering area.

Over three nights in mid-August, fires of a suspicious origin broke out southwest of Mitchell and two others southwest of Gering. An old schoolhouse was on fire at County Roads T and 19. Several bales of hay burned at County Roads U and 19 and another fire at County Roads G and 10, the old Mitchell Valley School.

“I know there’s someone out there who probably saw something suspicious, so we’re seeking those members of the public to help us,” said County Sheriff Jim Lawson. “It may take a little time, but I’m confident we’ll identify those responsible.”

Rick Contant, investigator with the sheriff’s office said they’re helping the State Fire Marshal, who’s in charge of the investigation. The fire marshal arrived Wednesday to meet with sheriff investigators to share evidence gathered so far and map out how to proceed.

“We always need help from the public in any investigation,” Cotant said. “If anyone has information pertinent to these fires, they can call the sheriff’s office or Crimestoppers.”
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