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Man issued summons for accidentally causing damage to neighbors property with brush fire

CONCORDIA PARISH - (5/15/18) The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has cited a Monterey man for allegedly causing damage to his neighbor’s property by not properly extinguishing a small brush fire.

The resident was issued a summons for Fire Raising On Lands of Another By Criminal Negligence.

The OSFM was contacted Monday morning, May 14, to investigate a fire at a home on Highway 129 in Monterey. Investigators found minor fire damage to a carport, as well as heavy fire damage to a wooden privacy fence between two properties. On the other side of the fence was a metal structure completely burned.

It was discovered that the neighboring homeowner had been using a cutting torch to dismantle parts of his property the evening before. The homeowner acknowledged that there was a heavy layer of leaves around the area he had been working in that did catch fire. However, the homeowner believed he had put the fire out before leaving.

Investigators determined that is where the fire started and classified it as accidental. The cause was determined to be the homeowner unintentionally, but negligently not making sure that burning leaves were extinguished properly after using the cutting torch on his adjacent property.

The OSFM would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens when extinguishing brush fires, intentionally created or not, that if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave.

For more tips on managing brush/debris fires, click here.

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