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W.Va. brush fire burns 30 acres

July 11, 2002

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.

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West Virginia State Police are investigating the fire, Smith said.

The land is owned by Thelma Lloyd and is being farmed by Marty Kable, Smith said.

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