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Rye-arson at Lake Devo

A two-motorcycle fire behind Lake Devo was a result of arson, a Fire Department examination has found. A Kawasaki ZX motorcycle’s gas tank exploded and ignited a Yamaha FJ 1200 parked beside it last Thursday at 4:45 p.m.

After firefighters extinguished the blaze, Metro Police reported finding a broken half of a plastic Bic lighter in the remains of the Kawasaki. They said someone likely placed a lit cigarette on top of the lighter, near the fuel line. When the cigarette burned down, it melted the lighter, causing the explosion in MacGyver-esque timing.

No injuries were reported but damage is estimated at $16,000.

–Tom Gierasimczuk

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