Police investigate suspicious Bethel fire

by Angela Denning-Barnes on September 4, 2013

Flames brightened the night near the Bethel avenues Sept. 1. Photo by Dean Swope

Flames brightened the night near the Bethel avenues Sept. 1. Photo by Dean Swope

A home in Bethel was totaled by a suspicious fire Sept. 1. The fire started at 524 Willow Street located behind the AC store. An emergency call came into the police and fire departments at about 1:40 a.m.

The home, which was a log cabin construction, was fully engulfed when emergency responders got to the scene.

The fire department used a fire engine and a water tanker and the city’s public works department also responded with three water trucks.

Fire Captain, Bill Howell, says it was a tough fire to put out. He says the logs put off a lot of high heat and they fought the fire until 4:16 a.m.

No one was living in the house at the time and there were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is suspicious and the Bethel police department is currently investigating.

The home is owned by Jorene Hout.

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