WPR News
10:17 am
Mon September 20, 2004

Riverton Blazes Causes Million Dollar Damage

Riverton, WY – A fire apparently started by children playing with fireworks caused over a million dollars of damage south of Riverton over the weekend. The blaze destroyed dozens of cars and recreational vehicles on a sales lot, several outbuildings and thousands of tons of stacked hay. Riverton Fire Marshall Matt Lee says the fire began Saturday afternoon and was fanned by 35 mile an hour winds before fire crews were able to control it Sunday morning. He says crews did a good job of stopping the fire at the edge of Riverton's south side. Nine people, including seven firefighters, received minor injuries from smoke inhalation. Lee says he's not sure whether the children who started the fire will face charges.