Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A Milan man has been arrested in connection with several fires
that occurred last Thursday, September 6.
According to Prosecutor Ric Hertel, Superior Court Judge James
Morris found probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for Robert
Wetzler, 35, last week after firefighters responded to four
fires within a three hour period.
While formal charges have not been filed, the prosecutor said
they are pending the results of the investigation from the state
fire marshals office.
Lt. Mike Alloway of the Milan Volunteer Fire Department said
their department responded to the first call on Thursday at
9:02 p.m. This was a grass/cornfield fire on County Road 625E.
at the 200N intersection. A call came in just three minutes
after the first one at 9:05 about another fire just further
south on the same road (625E). This was a grass fire by the
side of the road.
Alloway noted that the third call came in at 10:34 p.m. with
reports of smoke coming from a barn on Farmers Retreat
Road, still following the pattern of 625E. The fourth and final
call of the night would come in just after midnight when firemen
were called upon to yet another grass/cornfield fire on 625E,
near where the first fire began.
It was quite a night, Alloway noted. He told the
Osgood Journal that the fires could have caused great damage
but were kept to a minimum due to the quick thinking actions
of either passers-by or neighbors calling for help. He said
the fact that the grass and cornfields are so dry right now
could have been disastrous if they hadnt gotten to the
The Milan Police Department, Ripley County Sheriffs Office,
and State Fire Marshals office all assisted with the investigation.
Rescue 30 and Ripley County Paramedics also responded to the