Investigation yields no arson evidence

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 1999

An initial investigation by State Fire Marshal Millard Mackey has found no suspicion of arson in the fire that destroyed a $2.5 million house Oct. 22.

Adams County Sheriff Tommy Ferrell said he was notified Friday that the preliminary investigation revealed no combustible materials that could have started the fire at 219 Quitman Road.

&uot;But that doesn’t mean the investigation is over,&uot; Ferrell said. &uot;The investigation will continue. The fire was not set by any item that can be determined.&uot;

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Workers arriving at the construction site in Anna’s Bottom early in the morning Oct. 22 saw the flames and called the Natchez Fire Department at about 6:31 a.m., fire officials said.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department will continue to work in coordination with the Mackey’s office in determining the cause of the fire.

Big River Farms Inc. of Anna’s Bottom Road was building the house for Gerald A. Boette, an out-of-state resident.

Bill Rives, general manager for Big River Farms, said they don’t have any plans at present to rebuild the structure.

&uot;We’ve been waiting to hear from the fire Marshal,&uot; he said. &uot;We’re just getting things settled up.&uot;