Scott said they did later request a copy of the report but the company, aware that Wickham’s attorney was involved, declined to provide the information to the fire marshal’s office.
In hindsight, Scott said he does wish the fire investigator had completed a report in this case and said he has made changes.
“I’m beating the guys a little bit more over the head,” Scott said, adding he is “double-checking documentation to make sure it is where it needs to be.”
Additional manpower would be helpful, as well, according to Scott.
“We’re currently going through the process to hire another investigator to help out with that,” Scott said.
Some days, such as the recent Fourth of July holiday when the county received 83 fire calls between 9 p.m. and midnight, including reports of five structure fires, they get slammed and have to prioritize, Scott said, adding they have to pick the ones they respond to and hope they don’t miss something else.