Fire marshal asked to investigate
By Scott Bellile
A fire that destroyed two cars and a garage in the town of Lebanon Wednesday, Aug. 3, is being investigated as a suspicious incident.
“It’s under investigation,” New London Fire Capt. Don Conat said of the cause. “It’s a suspicious fire actually. The fire marshal’s office has been called in.”
The fire was reported at E8975 Worm Rd. at 2:30 p.m. by two neighbors, one of whom heard explosions, Conat said. Nobody was home at the time.
The fire originated at two cars parked outside the home. Conat said flames spread from one of the cars to a garage that wasn’t attached to the house.
When New London Fire Department arrived, it first extinguished smoke that had reached the house to prevent a fire from starting there, Conat said.
Bear Creek and Manawa fire departments assisted at the scene. Departments were there until dusk, Conat said.
Manawa relieved New London at one point because high humidity and temperatures in the 80s challenged firefighters, Conat said.
One firefighter felt light-headed and two felt nauseous, he said, but Gold Cross Ambulance did not have to transport anyone from the scene.