Monday, September 01, 2014

Arson suspected in house fire

By The Herald Staff | 2/14/2014

A house fire Thursday afternoon in Ottawa is being investigated as an arson, police and fire officials said.

A fire at 734 S. Elm St. caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the home, Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, said. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, according to a fire report. The fire had self-extinguished before the fire department’s arrival, the report said.

A house fire Thursday afternoon in Ottawa is being investigated as an arson, police and fire officials said.

A fire at 734 S. Elm St. caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the home, Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, said. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, according to a fire report. The fire had self-extinguished before the fire department’s arrival, the report said.

A 22-year-old Ottawa man reported to police about 4:10 p.m. that a fire had damaged his residence, according to a police report. Firefighters were called to the scene, and the fire remains under investigation, fire officials said.

“There was a human element involved,” Carner said. “There is an active criminal investigation involved in that incident.”

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