It took the Belleville Fire Department three minutes and seven seconds to arrive at the burning house on Scarlet Drive, but the unoccupied residence was already showing flames in a fire the chief referred to as “suspicious.”
“Fire was showing through the front window,” when firefighters arrived about 12:30 a.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Tom Pour.
The rental home has been vacant for a couple of years, the owner told firefighters. He told investigators he had been at work.
“The house wasn’t secure; we used our accelerant canine (Sadie) to check the scene,” Pour said.
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Pour said the house did not have gas or electric service, which was “another thing that makes it suspicious.”