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Investigation Continues for Plane Fires in Edgar County

Things in Paris, IL heated up on Monday night, after fire was set to two airplanes parked at the Edgar County airport. And with no security cameras to catch anyone in the act, officials are working around the clock to try and piece together what happened.
Things in Paris, IL heated up on Monday night, after fire was set to two airplanes parked at the Edgar County airport.

"By the time we got out here the firetrucks in the rescue units and the police were already here," said Jimmy Wells, airport manager.  "They responded extremely fast and were able to stop the fire before got a really good start."

And with no security cameras to catch anyone in the act, officials are working around the clock to try and piece together what happened.

"Hopefully this is the end of it. I know that the police are working diligently to find out what and who in why it happened," said Wells.

But many are claiming to already know who did it, and why.
   
Robert Bogues' son Rusty was the pilot for these two planes, and he says a group lashed out at his family because of a feud that goes back more than a year.

"We had brought to light a number of things that are occurring at the airport that are wrong, or never should've happened, or illegal, and in doing so we've caught the attention of a select group of a few people," said Robert Bogues.  "And I don't have any facts to support this, but it does seem like that began a war."

And while he believes this incident was a scare tactic to get the planes removed from the airport hanger, it's done just the opposite.

"I don't think they're going to dissuade us, I think they're just going to motivate us," said Bogues.

Wells added: "There is a lot of questions, and these questions will have answers eventually."

No official cause for the fires has been release, and charges have not been filed.

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