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    Charges Filed in North Turkey Creek Fire

    The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against one man for his role in starting the fire that came to be known as the North Turkey Creek Fire. Andrew Askins, DOB: 12-31-98, has been charged with two counts of Second Degree Arson (F4).

    On March 22, 2017 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a fire near the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and North Turkey Creek Road in unincorporated Jefferson County. Firefighters arrived and immediately began their efforts to extinguish the fire. According to the arrest affidavit, investigators believe the fire was started by fireworks.

    According to the arrest affidavit, 15 fire trucks, 34 firefighters, and eight support personnel from six agencies assisted in the response to the fire. Eight home and businesses were advised to evacuate. One outbuilding and two vehicles were destroyed.

    A countywide Stage 2 fire ban had been in place since March 6, 2017. This ban prohibited the use of all fireworks.

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mr. Askins.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    April 20, 2017


    Last Updated: 4-21-2017
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