Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 1976 · Page 32
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 32

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July 7, 197(5 .B-7 OThc Arizona Republic RtPUBllC CITY J: Arsonist suspected in blaze SCOTTSDALE - Arson is suspected as the cause of an explosion and fire that damaged two Scottsdale homes and destroyed two automobiles, Rural .. Metro Fire Department investigators said Tuesday. According to Fire Chief I-oti Witzeman, an incendiary device exploded about 10:50 p.m. Monday in the carport area at the home of Margaret Norbut, 8651 E. Thormvood Drive. A resulting fire did an estimated $40,000 damage to the Norbut home, two cars parked on the property and an adjacent residence at 8645 E. Thormvood rented to Charles Wright, Witzeman said. He said five fire engines and various utility vehicles went to the scene. Firemen fought the blaze for about 40 minutes before bringing it under control. According to Witzeman, the explosion was heard five blocks away. Mrs. Norbut and two children were ire their home and Wright was home alone when the explosion occurred. No one was injured, Witzeman said. One of the vehicles destroyed by the fire was in the Norbut carport and the other was parked beside i t, according To Witzeman. Damage to each home was estimated at nearly $20,000, including smoke damage and heavy struc itiral damage to roofs investigators said. Also damaged were the living room, kitchen and den o Ihe Norbut home and the living room and a bed room of the Wright home. Witnesses told investigators a car sped away from the area just before the explosion occurred, and that a ball of flame rose above the Norbut residence immediately after the blast. Witzeman said an investigation of the explosion and fire was continuing. Marriage strain tied to shooting TUCSON (AP) - The daughter of a Tucson woman who with her husband tried to commit suicide said Tuesday that marital problems were behind the attempt. Collette Rathbun, 18, daughter of Margaret Thomas Bertie, said a controversy over her mother's marriage to Thomas Bertie, a former county attorney's investigator, did not seem to have bothered the couple. Bertie, 51, and Mrs. Bertie, 35, remained in critical condition Tuesday with bullet wounds in their abdomens. Last month, Pima County officials dropped prosecution in a murder case when it was revealed that investigator Bertie had married the state's key witness. Officials said the marriage damaged the credibility of the witness and a short time later, Bertie was fird. Mrs. Bertie was a witness to the slaying of a Minnesota man during a desert drug transaction last year. She and Bertie met last fall in Illinois when he was working on the case for Pima County. They wed in December but did not reveal they were mar- reid until during the trial last month. Steven A. Hoxie, 26, of Turlock, Calif., was freed of a murder charge. TEXAS 28th STATE AUSTIN, Tex. 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