CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that burned through 30 acres of wheat fields Tuesday afternoon was burning about an acre a minute, a fire official said.
Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co., said it was one of the fastest moving fires he has ever seen.
The fire, which started about 5 p.m., burned a 30-acre area between Curry Lane and W.Va. 115 west of Ranson, Smith said.
Witnesses said they saw a man, believed to be in his late teens, throw something from a car into the wheat field and drive off, Smith said. The fire started a short time later, according to witnesses.