departments investigate cause of house fire
– The cause of a serious Saturday evening house fire is under
investigation, according to a Kokomo Fire Department report.
The fire, in the
300 block of East Richmond Street, caused an estimated $80,000 in
damage. No injuries were reported.
The fire department
responded to the call at 6:49 p.m. Saturday, and arrived on the scene
three minutes later.
According to reports,
there were flames visible upon arrival, and a heavy blaze in the
house’s front room. Firefighters confirmed at the scene no one was home
at the time, discovering the owner had been gone for about two hours.
The fire spread to the
attic, where it damaged a large portion of both the attic and the front
room. The entire house sustained smoke damage.
After extinguishing the
flame, the fire department cleared the scene a little after 9 p.m.
The report specified that
one of the house’s windows was open, and Kokomo Fire Department Capt.
Doug Stout said police were working in conjunction with the fire
department on investigating the cause.
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