Ashland Police: Fuel Theft Causes Fire

January 19th, 2023 News release

flying embers

On Saturday, January 14, 2023 at approximately 2:40 a.m. officers from the Ashland Police Department and members of Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to 60 Shamrock Lane for a report of a fire. This location is a fueling station that serves commercial vehicles.

After the fire was extinguished, APD, in consultation with AFR, determined that the fire was caused by someone’s attempts to steal gasoline from underground gasoline tanks via syphoning the gas. The investigation determined that hundreds of gallons of gas were stolen before the theft was cut off by the fire it caused. Some fuel was also stolen from a nearby piece of construction equipment that was left in the area.

This theft and the fire it caused presented an immediate and serious threat to the surrounding neighborhoods and the Ashland community. As the attached pictures show, had this fire been at a different time of year, it would have easily caused a major threat to adjacent residences and businesses.

The Ashland Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle that was seen entering the area while pulling the trailer that would eventually be destroyed by the fire. If anyone has any information about who might be responsible, please contact the Ashland Police Department.

The second attached picture shows the falling embers spreading in the area as a result of the fire.