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Kenova house fire deemed suspicious

Feb. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

KENOVA -- Investigators are referring to an early morning fire in Kenova as suspicious, according to local and state authorities.

Wayne County 911 received word of the fire at 2:17 a.m. Thursday. It was located in the 500 block of 19th Street.

Kenova Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Bias described the structure as a two-story home with a full basement. No utilities were connected to the home and it had been broken into on prior occasions, according to Bias and assistant state fire marshal Timmy Chastain.

Thursday's investigation was complicated because portions of the structure had collapsed, Chastain said. He estimates the home had been vacant for 10 to 12 years.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the one house, however heat from those flames scorched the siding on two neighboring homes.

No injuries were reported.

The Kenova Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by volunteer fire departments in Ceredo and Catlettsburg, Ky.

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