A two-alarm fire that took place at a vacant home northeast of London Thursday evening has been ruled an arson.
The blaze broke out after 7 p.m. at 3568 U.S. Route 40 northeast in Deercreek Township, between the crossroads of U.S. 40 and Glade Run Road.
No one was injured.
The two-story farmhouse, estimated to be 100 years old, was completely engulfed when crews arrived at the scene, according to Chief Brian Bennington of the Central Townships Joint Fire District.
“When it’s an abandoned home, there’s not much we can do, unfortunately,” Bennington said.
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should contact the state fire marshal or Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
As an additional challenge for firefighters, the home is located about one-quarter of a mile off the road. Seven other fire companies were called in for mutual aid to assist with tanking water to the location.
Bennington said the house has been abandoned for about two years. Because there is no electric hooked up and no severe weather was in the area, the fire was immediately considered suspicious.
“There is no other reason for the house to be on fire,” he said.
The home is owned by Paul J. Flucke, according to the Madison County Auditor’s Office.
The state fire marshal’s office was on scene Friday morning to investigate the case.
Bennington encouraged nearby residents to be cognitive of their surroundings.
“Hopefully we don’t end up with a string of these,” he said.
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