….. So I went down to the Middle River Terrace Park this morning to let the FDEP ( Florida Department of Environmental Protection) into the historic Annie Beck House, as we are letting them set up their base as they check to see if the park has unacceptable limits of arsenic in the soil ….
But when I got there, a bigger story emerged ! …. ( I’ll get to the arsenic story in the next post) …..
………… Turns out, somebody tried to set the historic Annie Beck House on fire !!!
….. The arsenic investigators saw the arson evidence first – “hey guy,”, they yelled to me shortly after arriving to begin their arsenic investigation …. ” looks like somebody tried to burn this place down out here!” ….. They were out at the back steps of the house, and this is what they saw –
The rag was shoved in the hole and set on fire. ….It looked like it started to burn pretty good, a rather large black charred step as the evidence…. Acting Fire Marshall Jeff Lucas and Fire Inspector Ray Cicero arrived quickly to begin the investigation.
Cicero spotted this crack baggie just under the burnt step – and Lucas said it looked like it started to burn but “maybe it started raining” and that put out the fire.
They put the rag/etc. in evidence cans and took them for analysis. The Police Officer took a report and they all drove away.
……Sheesh, what a morning!