Police investigate possible explosion at Newport Fire Department

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 16:49 PM.

“I did hear an explosion,” Reynolds said. “It just sounded like a loud noise, like somebody just fired off a gun, but it was louder than a gun.”

Reynolds’ daughter-in-law, Alicia Eubanks, also a resident at the home, heard an explosion around 3 p.m. Saturday.

“My kids and I were inside watching a movie,” Eubanks said. “It kind of sounded like a gun but not a gun. It was louder than that.

“I had gone outside to see if anything was going on. I looked over at the fire department. The doors were open. There were some people outside in the front. I remember there were a bunch of people outside on the bench that’s right outside the fire department and they had also been messing with the intercom that they have over there, just talking on it and being obnoxious.

“There were people inside that were talking on the intercom thing to the people outside making stupid noises and things. They were just being obnoxious because usually they only use that intercom to call someone that’s across the fire station if they want them to come into the office of something, and basically it was like kids playing with a microphone.”

The acting fire chief, Kane Johnson, could not be reached for comment. Johnson took over the department in April from Drummond Figg, who was fired, according to Casey. Casey said there was no connection between the dismissal of the former chief and the explosives case.

“We feel like we are handling this appropriately,” Clark said. “Everyone involved is cooperating with the investigation and as soon as we finalize all the interviews we will try to release a statement as to what exactly took place as much as we can.” 



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