Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bexley in the Headlines

I feel like I should weigh in on this, but there's not a whole lot to say. A fire broke out early this morning at a synagogue here in Bexley. The fire lasted for 16 minutes and was restricted to the office portion of the building by the Columbus Fire Dept., never reaching the sanctuary itself.

From how I read the article and the comments on the website, the FD originally stated that the fire was set, as it started in a closet with no electricity. Somehow the Dispatch parsed this as "Arson," and put out a Breaking News story with the headline "Arsonist Strikes Bexley Synagogue Office," apparently with complete disregard for the consequences such an action might have, if perchance the fire was actually the result of a kid playing with a lighter.

So the fire was set. Most likely by accident. Religious and ethnic tensions were enflamed. Also most likely by accident. The kid who set the fire was seven years old. I'm sure the Dispatch also has a good excuse.

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