Lynchburg fire officials continue to investigate curbside fires, possible connection to structure fire

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Fire officials in Lynchburg continue to seek help from the public as they investigate several fires in the city involving household items set out at the curb for brush and bulk pickup. However, that string of fires may now include a blaze that damaged a structure Wednesday evening.

The Lynchburg Fire Marshal’s Office says there has been a growing number of incidents involving curbside items, but then on Wednesday, June 16, a fire damaged a structure in mid-town Lynchburg. Wednesday’s fire is currently under investigation.

According to authorities, these incidents may be considered felonies and are punishable with fines and/or jail time.

Both the Fire Chief and the Fire Marshal encourage the community to be vigilant, reminding you that if you see something, say something. If you observe any suspicious activity or an active fire, you are urged to call 911 immediately.

“We know that especially during the day, someone has likely been a witness to one of these incidents,” said Fire Marshal Thomas Goode. 

“We need the public to understand that while there is property damage, the danger of fire spread and the risk of injury is tremendous,” Fire Chief Greg Wormser added. “Additionally, a reward may be offered to an individual that as a result of their reporting leads to an arrest and conviction in these crimes.” 

If you have any information about these incidents, you are asked to call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (434) 455-6375 or the Emergency Communications non-emergency number at (434) 847-1485.

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