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Portable toilets set on fire for second time in two weeks

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Police are investigating several unusual cases of intentional burning they believe are the work of the same person.

The targets have been Several At Your Service Portable Toilets in Arena Park and the religious symbol set into the ground at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1820 Perryville Road.

The first incident occurred less than two weeks ago, when accelerant was used to set fire to several portable toilets in the city park, said Cpl. Jason Selzer, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

The toilets caught fire for a second time early Wednesday. Selzer said police responded to a 3:15 a.m. phone call reporting the fire.

Also ablaze was the structure built into the landscape at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The church reported damage to the landscape lighting and a garden hose along with the fire.

Accelerant had been used in both cases, Selzer said, and police believe the same person set all three fires.

There are no suspects at this time, he said.

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This is an entirely unsubstantiated theory, but... Mythbusters recently demonstrated the detonation power of methane by blowing up an outhouse.

This could be an attempt to reproduce, & even enhance, this controlled experiment by adding a fuel to the mix, in hopes that once the fire spread to the resvoir of the commode, the methane in the resvoir would blow up like a bomb.

When it didn't happen, as it never could, they tried again. I bet that a $500 reward, coupled with the right to remain anonymous, would AT LEAST prevent it from happening again.

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 2:32 AM

that theory sounds nuttier then squirrel poop..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 7:15 AM

All in all,,,,this story only demonstrates what a "crappy" job it is to be an officer of the law in Cape Girardeau

-- Posted by 2wheeler on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 8:29 AM

I never said the theory was a good one.

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 11:32 AM

Who sets fire to an outhouse? Turdburgler.

-- Posted by just_winky on Thu, Jan 17, 2008, at 12:06 PM


A Flaming Turdburgler

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Sat, Jan 19, 2008, at 12:45 AM

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