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Damage to a vacant rental home west of Columbus resulted from a suspicious fire, said Harrison Township Fire Chief Wally Dietz.
The fire was reported at 2:55 a.m. Sunday at 6361 W. State Road 46, a two-story former farmhouse northwest of Tipton Lakes, Dietz said.
The house, located next to ABC Stewart School, had been vacated by the previous tenants six days before the fire, according to property owner Tom Carothers.
A preliminary investigation indicates the flames originated in the front downstairs living room and an upstairs bedroom, Dietz said.
“Two points of origin is what makes this fire suspicious,” Dietz said.
The investigation has been turned over to county fire investigator Gene Wever and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Duke, Dietz said.
While a monetary damage estimate has not been made, Dietz said most of the fire was confined to the living room.
He said the house was not destroyed.
While firefighters extinguished the flames within 10 minutes, volunteers from Harrison Township were on the scene for more than two hours, Dietz said.
Harrison Township was assisted by Southwest Fire Department volunteers and Columbus city firefighters, as well as members of the Columbus Township Fire Department.
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