The Herald Bulletin

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June 24, 2014

Investigators: Monday night Anderson fire was arson

ANDERSON — Investigators are searching for clues in a suspected case of arson after a fire burned through a vacant home Monday night.

According to Anderson Fire Department Chief Phil Rogers, dispatchers received a call at 11:21 p.m. that smoke could be seen in an alley near the house at 1914 Madison Ave.

By the time crews arrived, the structure was in flames. Several units from the AFD extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes.

AFD investigator Kevin Heflin said the fact the home was abandoned made fighting the fire challenging.

"You don't know what's in there, or how long the place has been empty, and that can add danger," Heflin said.

No one was in the home, and no one was hurt by the fire. Heflin said there were no utilities active at the home and described the blaze origins as incendiary.

"The investigation is ongoing. We're looking for clues, but anyone with information should contact the fire department," Heflin said.

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Report information Anyone with knowledge of the origin of Monday night's blaze can contact the Anderson Fire Department investigation line at 648-6611.

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