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Elm Mott house fire investigated for arson

POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 4:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

ELM MOTT -- What Elm Mott neighbors called an eye sore of a vacant house is now only ash and being investigated for arson.

Betty Carpenter has lived next door for 6 years on the 900 block of Lincoln City Road was around for it all.

"My friend and her little boy were in the kitchen and he kept hearing the dogs barking, and when she came outside she saw that the house was on fire over there. And then is spread over here. So of course we were afraid and everything," Carpenter said.

Elm Mott Fire Department said they were on the scene in about 15 minutes along with Chalk Bluff, Leroy and Lacey Lakeview fire departments.

"We had an abandoned house that was fully involved, already collapsed on the ground. And we had another residential house next door to it that was partially on fire," Elm Mott Fire Chief Ryan Tackitt said.

The abandoned house was a loss but Carpenter's house, that had just been renovated and was in the process of getting insured, was damaged too.

"Two of the windows are blown out and theirs water damage to the carpet and also the dining room area all the ceiling is out," she said. 

But it turns out, Carpenter was always concerned about the house next to her.

"I had gone and spoken to Elm Mott Fire Department and I told them that I was concerned about this house."

Elm Mott FD said she requested they burn it down, but because of how close it was to her house and because she doesn't own the property, they couldn't help her.

Though there have been reports of a few structure fires in Elm Mott recently, Chief Tackitt said those have been electrical fires and he does not believe they are related.

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