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Fire damages pump station in The Point; man arrested for theft

A fire early Friday morning in The Point industrial park kept firefighters busy for about two hours and damaged a pump station.

Also, a man was arrested Friday at approximately 9:30 a.m. for allegedly trying to steal items from inside the park. Law enforcement officials believe the matters are unrelated.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, the South Point Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in one of the pump stations that carries water into the plant from the Ohio River, said interim Park Manager Billy Price.

It took the department about two hours to extinguish the fire and no one was injured, Price said.

The pump station had not been used since South Point Ethanol closed several years ago, but electricity was still in use at the station that houses four pumps and a transformer control bank, he said.

"It did a lot of damage to the station," Price said. "We do not know how much mechanical damage until an expert can look at it."

Although it had not been used in awhile, it will have to be replaced before the industrial park really gets going, he said.

In an situation that South Point Police Chief Carl Vance said is unrelated, a South Point resident was arrested Friday morning inside the industrial park for allegedly committing vandalism and theft.

The man, whose name was unavailable as of press time, was cited and released on his own recognizance. He will appear in the Lawrence County Municipal Court Monday, Vance said.