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‘Suspicious fires’ destroy 2 more buildings

Three fires in 6 days in Jamaica

The 112-year old lodge building (above) at Glebe Landing Baptist Church near Laneview was destroyed by fire Friday, November 23. State arson investigators are investigating the fire and two others that occurred over a six-day period. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Two structure fires occurred this past week in Jamaica District in Middlesex County, destroying an abandoned farmhouse and a historical building.

On Wednesday, November 21, fire destroyed the old Hale homeplace on Briery Swamp Rd. (Route 606) in Jamaica.

On Friday, November 23, fire destroyed the 112-year old “Washington Camp, No. 12 of the Patriotic Order Sons of America” building on Route 17 next to Glebe Landing Baptist Church near Laneview.

The two fires came on the heels of a fire on November 17 that destroyed the 132-year-old St. Paul Baptist Church building at Nesting in Jamaica. 

Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (UMVFD) Fire Chief Billy Collier reported the origin of all three fires is undetermined but all are under investigation.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 11.29.2018

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