• Bauch, Wayne LeRoy. Funeral services, 10 a.m. today at Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling. Hersman Cemetery south of Mount Sterling with military honors.—-
There are weird things that happen and it seems like whenever they do my son is with me. Last night he and I were watching television and he noticed someone outside and then moments later there was a fire beneath a large electrical tower.
We live on a dead end street and since moving into our house we’ve seen all kinds of people pull into our driveway and turn around or stop and back into the neighbors driveway. Many park at the dead end as if its some idyllic park. I can understand them wanting to stop for the view, but at night there is no reason for anyone to be there.
So around 10 p.m. my son looks at me and says, “Why do so many strange people feel the need to hang out up here?” I get up and look out the door to see a man carrying some cardboard boxes into the area south of the dead end. I don’t think too much about it and sit back down. Cole then sees flames shooting up from the ground and the man running off. I called the Alton Fire Department and they came out and put out the flames.
I don’t know what caused the fire, but I know that a person did. I was told by firefighters that if I hadn’t seen it that the dry brush and trees along the bluff would have went up in flames and been a very difficult blaze for firefighters to battle.
What I want to know is why someone (even if it’s a neighbor) would discard of material on private property and start a fire? Who knows how the fire started. Maybe the man accidentally dropped a cigarette, (last week a Edwardsville doctor’s office was destroyed by a blaze in which a cigarette was discarded.) It could have turned out worse. Lives and property could have been destroyed.
Why do people feel the need to dump somewhere they don’t belong? Shame on you. Let’s face it if you don’t live there you don’t have any business being there.