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Vacant home fire deemed suspicious

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:00 am

The Titusville Fire Department is investigating a fire which significantly damaged a vacant home in the city during the early hours of Wednesday, though resulted in no injuries.

The inferno broke out at 622 W. Central Ave, located next door to the Titusville Moose Lodge building, around 3 a.m. Flames were visible to anyone in the vicinity, as the exterior of the building had caught fire, according to Titusville Fire Department Lieutenant James Brown.

A total of four fire departments rushed to the scene, and were able to get the blaze under control after around 45 minutes. In addition to Titusville, the Pleasantville, Cherrytree and Hydetown volunteer fire departments reacted to the fire. EmergyCare was also present.

According to Brown, no one was inside the home at the time of the fire, and the house itself has been vacant for a while.

As there was nobody present in the structure, and the fact that there wasn’t any electricity running to the home, has the Titusville Fire Department suspicious over the origin of the conflagration.

The fire began in a second story bedroom, according to Brown, and spread out to the exterior of the home and to a kitchen on the first floor.

An exact point of origin and cause has not yet been determined. Brown said that Titusville Fire Chief Joe Lamey and a state police fire marshal would launch an investigation of the ruins of the home soon. The Herald was unsuccessful in reaching Lamey for comment.

Brown also said that the home was going to be put up for tax sale on Sept. 21. The building is listed as being owned by Camelback IX LLC, a company based out of Gilbert, Arizona, on the Crawford County Geographic Information Services (GIS) website.

The property is listed as owing $523.36 in delinquent taxes to the county on the Crawford County Treasurer website.

A tax sale notice, which was published in the Aug. 15 edition of The Herald, lists three other properties owned by Camelback IX LLC in Titusville as owing delinquent taxes, two at $592.83, and one at $3,361.88. Research performed online about the company indicated that it appeared to be a real estate business of some kind.

According to GIS, the company came into possession of the home on Sept. 3, 2014, for the price of $18,529.

Ray can be reached, by email, at sray@titusvilleherald.com.

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