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Fire does not raise suspicion of investigators

Fire investigators found nothing suspicious about a Sunday afternoon fire that severely damaged a two-story home at 135 N. Stanley St.

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Firefighters are investigating a fire they consider non-suspicious that occurred Sunday at an unoccupied residence at 135 N. Stanley St. (Examiner Photo/Joel E. Mast)

Bellefontaine Fire Chief J.P. Schulz said, at this time, there is no reason to suspect the fire was purposely set.

“The house was unoccupied and secured at the time of the fire,” he said. “The homeowner (Christopher Horne of Bellefontaine) had been in and out over the weekend working renovations.”

A neighbor called in the fire at 4:26 p.m. and flames were spreading up the outside of the 1,540-square-foot home.

With minimum staffing, the two responding firefighters called in all available off-duty firefighters and requested help from Tri-Valley Fire Department, Chief Schulz said.

The fire was contained, but heat from the blaze damaged siding on a house to the south and cracked a window and damaged a satellite dish on a residence to the north.

Firefighters cleared the scene around 10:30 p.m.

Chief Schulz said the fire heavily damaged the back rooms of the $76,000 home. The fire spread quickly through the balloon-frame walls from the first floor and into the attic.

He estimates the blazed caused around $60,000 in damages to the property. Damage to the other homes is estimated at $5,200.

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