Latest on Robinson Island Fire

Latest on Robinson Island Fire

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

Video footage and photographs of the Robinson Island fire over the weekend has been pouring into the Orange Beach fire department as they look for who intentionally set the island on fire Saturday.

What may make the fire that scorched almost half of Robinson Island over weekend worse is that investigators believe it was intentionally set. "We found the area of origin and there is absolutely no doubt there is human involvement in this." Fire chief Shane Phillips says that doesn't mean arson.

"Arson is like going up there to burn for profit or revenge something like that. Nothing really contributes to an arson charge on this."

Firefighters had their hands full fighting the blaze but if there is a next time, a recent purchase will help.

"The city council bought a fire boat from Fort Lauderdale, five, no 3 months ago. It didn't come with a pump they authorized a purchase fire pump was two weeks back ordered and was delivered the day of the fire," says Phillips.

That means added fire protection for homes and businesses that dot the bayous, bays and canals that criss cross Orange Beach.

Mayor Tony Kennon says the fire did call attention to how vulnerable the island is. "It gives us a reason to look at how we might take precautions or actions to keep people from getting in that part of the island and we are going to look at that."

Specifically city officials are discussing a split rail fence to not only keep tourists out but help protect the nesting grounds on the island.

In the meantime, the search is on for suspects. Chief Phillips says through all the video that has been submitted he has been able to identify some folks he'd like to talk too. Now it's matter of finding them and he's asking for anyone that has pictures or video to send it to chief@OBFD.org.

 

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