Vacant Home in Centralia Heavily Damaged in Suspicous FireCentralia City Firemen say the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a vacant home at 1011 Hester Street in Centralia Friday night is suspicious in nature.
The home owned by Ray Bruce of Bluford and Carl Thomason of Centralia had flames shooting from the rear of the structure when it was discovered. Firemen say they were able to confine the flames to the back two or three rooms. There was smoke and heat damage throughout the home. Damage is estimated at $10,000. The value of the house was set at $15,000.
Thomason, who lives across the street, was alerted to the fire by a passerby. He found the front door was no longer secured and the back door had been forced open. Adding to the suspicious nature of the fire were no utilities being turned on.
All available Centralia City Firemen were called to fight the fire. The blaze was first reported at 9:20 Friday night, with firemen remaining on the scene until 11:40.
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