The Norman Transcript

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August 24, 2012

Suspicious fires common in area of Cemetery Road

NORMAN — Cemetery Road has had more than its share of suspicious fires through the years. This year, the state fire marshal made a finding of arson in the Aug. 3 blaze that resulted in the loss of a person’s life.

Earlier this week, the State Medical Examiner confirmed the identity of Linda Zoldoske, the 67-year-old woman who died in the Cleveland County wildfires. Her remains were found in her home after her brother reported her missing following the fire.

“That fire originated in Slaughterville, so the state fire marshal has jurisdiction,” Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said. “The Norman fire marshal is, in conjunction with them, looking into the same fire.”

Bailey said that fire, which originated on Cemetery Road, is believed to be the blaze that spread to Norman city limits and resulted in Zoldoske’s death.

“We do have suspicious fires starting on that piece of property at least once a year,” Slaughterville Town Administrator Marsha Blair said. “Anyone seeing any suspicious activity ... should try to get a tag number and a vehicle description and a person description and call 911 immediately.”

On Aug. 9, the state fire marshal issued a statement that three fires were “intentionally and deliberately set” on Cemetery Road.

Fires set in Norman throughout that weekend of Aug. 3-6 also were determined to be suspicious.

The Norman count continues, but city officials have verified that 58 homes and an estimated 4,500 to 7,000 acres were affected in Norman city limits. Those numbers do not include Cleveland County homes or acres burned in the Slaughterville, Noble or Cedar Lane area outside of Norman city limits.


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