Fire in Sparwood, arson suspected

A large pile of wood scraps in Sparwood was set on fire sometime during the morning of August 24.

Sparwood Fire Department received the call at 7:39 a.m., and responded in full force. The fire was put out by 10:30 a.m. that same morning.

The fire was located in Sparwood Heights, at the end of Whiskey Jack Drive.

Three pieces of fire apparatus were on scene, as well as two command cars. The developer of the land also used three pieces of heavy equipment and a water truck to help snuff out the blaze.

The wood pile measured approximately 400 feet long by 80 feet wide. The developer had been clearing the area, and collecting the scraps to burn later during the winter.

The cause of the fire is not yet determined, although the fire department is speculating it was due to an act of arson.

“It looks like someone got in early this morning and intentionally set it on fire,” said Sparwood Fire Chief, Dean Spry.

The wood pile is only two weeks old, so the possibility of the fire starting due to decomposition has been ruled out.

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