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Sunday, August 31, 2014

GASPORT — A trespasser on a Ridge Road property started a fire under a group of trees in an attempt to damage the property, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the address in the 7700 block of Ridge Road, where the homeowner told them that she had noticed around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, what she thought was a camp fire in a field behind her residence. When she discussed the camp fire with her neighbor, the neighbor said she had seen the fire and attempted to put it out.

It was then discovered the fire was on her property under the group of pine trees and not in the field, prompting her to call police. When patrol arrived, the grass and pine needles under the trees were still burning. There was visible burning on the bases of the trees and several piles of firewood were completely burned. Patrol requested Gasport Chemical Hose respond to the scene to put the fire out.

The complainant told patrol that she did not know who would have come on her property and started the fire but that she has had problems with an unknown person riding ATVs behind her residence. The woman's neighbors stated there are frequently unknown people riding ATVs behind the residences on private property.

The woman told patrol that nothing of value was lost or damaged by the fire.

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