Vehicle arson under investigation

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the burning of three vehicles on the city’s south side on early Sunday morning.

Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio responded to a call in the 700 block of Southwest 5th Street shortly after 2 a.m. to find a 2002 Toyota Camary engulfed in flames.

A man who resides in northwest Chiefland owns the car, but at the time of the fire his wife was using it.

The wife told police she was staying at her mother’s residence on Southwest 5th Street, “while addressing personal matters with her husband,” according to the police report.

The fire destroyed the Camary and also damaged the siding on the home where it was parked.

A 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck parked by the residence owned by a resident at the home also had a cloth stuck inside the opening to the gas can and was smoldering when Viaggio arrived. The truck was damaged, but Investigator J. Garrett Carlisle has taken the cloth into evidence.

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