DETROIT (WWJ) – Arson could be to blame for a suspicious fire that damaged an abandoned house on Detroit’s west side.
Fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the two-story house on Mark Twain Street near Chalfonte Street, just a few blocks away from Fenkell and Hubbell streets.
By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames. Crews quickly went to work and extinguished the fire, although the house appears to be a total loss.
Monique Spurlock, who lives nearby, told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas she noticed something suspicious at the home during the early morning hours.
“I came in from work at 4 a.m. and I seen a car over there and I asked my baby’s daddy to come outside and watch me walk in,” she said. “And then when my son came out to go to school about four hours later, the house was on fire.”
Spurlock said she couldn’t tell if anyone was inside of the car, but it gave her a really bad feeling.
“I just came straight inside. [The house has] been vacant for over four years so, I mean, shouldn’t no car just be over there, you know what I’m saying, but I couldn’t really look in and see. I was just trying to get into the house,” she said.
Investigators say no one was injured. A cause of the fire remains under investigation, although officials say it appears to be a case of arson.