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Chief Says Vacant House Fire Is Suspicious

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DETROIT (WWJ) - A fire that tore through a home on Detroit’s west side might have been caused by an illegal utility hook up.

Firefighters were called to the seemingly vacant home on Wisconsin Street, near West Chicago and Wyoming streets, early Friday morning.

Chief Ed Parker told WWJ’s Mike Campbell no one was living in the home, although it has a pool in the front yard, along with a child’s tricycle.

“It looks like it was set, too,” he said. “I couldn’t tell you that [it was a squatter] for sure, but it’s definitely suspicious because it was a vacant dwelling.”

Parker said the fire was contained to one single-family dwelling, and no one was injured.

“All the occupants are out, I guess it was a vacant dwelling. The guys made quick work of it, it’s out, so we’re just mopping it up, hitting the hot spots and what have you,” he said.

Workers with DTE Energy were also on the scene to check out the electricity, which may have been hooked up illegally.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest.

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