Deborah Kendrick, the cemetery’s director, said the fire erupted at 1200 Bailey Ave. around 1:30 p.m., charring a small portion of the cemetery’s 43,000-plus grave markers. In most cases, Kendrick said, the damage is not too severe — nothing that can’t be fixed with a pressure washer.
However, the fire burned at least three tombstones so badly that cemetery officials will have to replace them.
The national cemetery is reserved for military veterans who have received honorable discharges. A member of the National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve can also be buried there, assuming that person is eligible for retirement benefits. Some family members are also eligible.
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