Blaze at vacant rental house called ‘suspicious’
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 19, 2005 -- A late night fire which decimated a Randolph Street house late Tuesday night may not have been an accident, according to Sulphur Springs Assistant Fire Marshall Eric Hill, who is ruling the fire “suspicious” pending further investigation.

Fire investigators were to conduct interviews Wednesday as well as continue looking through the charred remains of the wooden rental house for more definitive indicators as to what caused the blaze.

Sulphur Springs Fire Department was first alerted to the fire at 117 Randolph St. at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday. When fire crews pulled up three minutes later, “everything was pretty much totaled,” according to SSFD Driver Jay McKee.

Firemen began an external attack on the house, making containment of the blaze to the unsalvageable structure a priority. Protecting the structure to the east, the firemen “knocked down” the blaze a few minutes after midnight. They then began checking for and extinguishing hot spots in the few remaining walls of the house to prevent the fire from rekindling. Seven additional off-duty firemen were also called in to assist in the firefighting effort and to be available should a fire crew be needed to run for any additional calls.

No one was injured in the fire. The rental house was unoccupied at the time.

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