Moultrie Observer

Local News

October 31, 2012

Cotton fire may be arson

MOULTRIE — A Monday night blaze that destroyed an estimated $77,000 worth of cotton outside a ginning facility and took volunteer firefighters five hours to contain is under investigation.

A Funston Gin Co. driver reported to the owner that he saw at least two people running from the area outside the facility where the cotton modules caught fire at about 9:45 p.m., Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office reports said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the blaze at the 161 Funston-Sale City Road facility, which was spread and intensified by strong winds, as a possible case of arson.

The fire that damaged or destroyed 14 cotton modules stored for ginning moved from one module to the next with ease, sheriff’s Inv. Mike Murfin said.

“Anybody that knows anything about cotton, in that wind yesterday the least little spark will set if off,” he said. “We don’t know if it was done intentionally or accidentally at this point.”

Funston volunteer firefighters took the lead in extinguishing the stubborn blaze and were assisted by others from Bay, Doerun, Northside and Westside. They were at the scene until about 2:30 a.m.

A single module can contain as much as 20,000 pounds of cotton or more, Colquitt County Extension agent Glenn Beard said.

Dry cotton burns readily, and unginned cotton has seeds in it that contain a high concentration of oil that would help fuel a blaze, he said.

Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Should the U.S. negotiate with groups it considers terrorists?

No. Never.
Generally no, but prisoner exchanges are an exception.
Negotiation will be required to end the conflicts we have with those groups.
     View Results