Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that gutted a Belleville home Thursday.
According to Belleville Fire Department Chief Tom Pour, a call came in at 11:30 a.m. about smoke coming from the roof of the house at 138 Lakeshore Drive in the southwest part of town.
A woman who lived at the home told firefighters she left the house for a while and when she got back the house was on fire. No one else was home when the flames ignited.
“It sat back from the road in a spot that was out of view for most people,” Pour said. “By the time it was spotted, the fire was going pretty good.”
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Investigators believe the fire started in the east end of the house, which is the area where the bedrooms are located.
“It only took a few minutes for us to put it out,” Pour said, “but it appears the house is going to be a total loss.”