Your Views: Upset about Gazette’s coverage of house fire

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letter to the editor
Friday, April 14, 2017

As per the Monday edition of The Gazette in the Continued section (Page 8A), there was an article (“House fire under investigation”) about a house fire on Main Street.

The fourth paragraph stated that Rock County 911 radio traffic indicated that “authorities initially suspected a methamphetamine lab at the house might have exploded, causing the fire.”

I am the grandmother of one of the residents. I was there two hours, shortly after the fire started and within one hour it was reported on Facebook that there was a meth lab in that house.

In two hours, the fire marshal still had not arrived to survey the situation. Your staff wrote the article without the real facts, which is not the true news. Instead of hurting these young folks with an 8-week-old baby and a 10-year-old daughter with your FAKE NEWS, you should be donating some dollars. They have absolutely nothing, nothing but the clothes on their backs.

So Janesville Gazette doesn’t publish fake news? Think again.



Editor’s note: The Gazette has a policy to not publish information from police scanners in the print edition. In this case, that policy was violated. In a follow-up story, a fire official said there is “no indication” the fire was caused by a meth lab explosion.



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