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Wednesday night house fire under investigation


Mike Stark (center), fire marshall for the City of Jacksboro, takes measurements during the investigation of a suspicious house fire in Newport Wednesday night.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Arson is suspected to be the cause of structure fire that destroyed a Newport home Wednesday night.

The fire, at a mobile home in the 200 block of D. Morris Road, was first reported as a 911 call to the Jack County Sheriff’s Office sometime between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m., Fire trucks from the City of Jacksboro and Jack County Rural VFD stations in Newport and Cundiff were dispatched to the scene.

When fire fighters arrived, it was determined that the older-model mobile home was located in Clay County, and Vashti VFD was called for assistance. Newport straddles the Clay-Jack county line.

The house was unoccupied, but had electricity, said Clay County Judge Kenneth Liggett, though he believed the main breaker to the house had been turned off.

The fire started near a porch at the north end of the house, on the opposite side of the home’s electricity supply.

Once fire fighters deemed the fire to be suspicious, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to the fire. Jacksboro Fire Marshall Mike Stark was already on scene.

The fire also burned a van and other items near the home.

According the Clay County Appraisal District, the mobile home, valued at $4,890, was owned by Charles Lafon. It was a total loss.


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