Fire marshal: Bingo hall fire intentionally set

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/16/16

State fire marshal’s have ruled a fire at a bingo hall in Jasper early Wednesday morning was intentionally set.

“The fire was an incendiary fire, or an arson fire,” State Fire Marshal Scott F. Pilgreen said. “And …

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Fire marshal: Bingo hall fire intentionally set

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State fire marshal’s have ruled a fire at a bingo hall in Jasper early Wednesday morning was intentionally set.

“The fire was an incendiary fire, or an arson fire,” State Fire Marshal Scott F. Pilgreen said. “And all I can tell you at this point is that our investigation is still ongoing.”

Volunteer firefighters with Boldo Fire and Rescue and Cordova Fire Department responded to the scene of the fire early Wednesday morning at the Walker County Paper Bingo Hall.

“We were paged out by Walker County E-911 to a structure fire at the Walker County Paper Bingo Hall at 4:09 Wednesday morning,” Boldo Fire Chief Greg Chamness said. “There were no flames showing when we arrived on scene at 4:23. But when we made entry into the building, we discovered the inside of the business was well involved.”

Chamness said he believes the fire started on the left side of the business near the area where firefighters made entry into the building.

“We had only 12 firefighters respond to the scene, but they did a really good job getting the fire knocked back so we could make entry into the building,” Chamness said. “All in all, it took us about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.”

Chamness said the firefighters were on the scene of the fire until 10:02 a.m., and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted.

Paper bingo games were being played at the business, which was reportedly owned by a Jasper man.

The business was also one of several in Walker County that were raided back in August by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly having electronic gaming machines.