By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
Three underage boys were being interviewed Sunday evening after an industrial forklift owned by a gas company was stolen and set on fire.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene at 5:46 p.m. after someone called to say explosions were heard around Four States, said Deputy J. Carter of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
When members of the Worthington VFD arrived, they saw the forklift on fire on Tank Hill on New Hill Road.
“It was reported stolen earlier in the day,” Carter said. “It had been abandoned. Somebody took it and went mudding with it and it got stuck and they set it on fire.”
The individuals poured gas on the forklift to use as an accelerant, he added.
The forklift was owned by XTO Energy and had been used in the Four States area at a gas well site, Carter said. Representatives of the company were notified and called to the scene.
Fairly quickly, Carter had three individuals in custody.