Fire Officials Investigate Second Arson in Local House

By Katie Hargitt

Published 08/01 2014 02:37PM

Updated 08/01 2014 07:21PM

A Terre Haute home is the center of an arson investigation for the second time in less than a year.

Fire crews were called to the blaze on 5th Avenue near 14th Street around 8:00 Thursday evening. Officials believe the fire started near the center of the home, but they are still investigating how it started. Lead arson investigator, Norm Loudermilk, says the home owner boarded up the home following another fire last fall.

"What's odd about this fire is that it was still daylight out, middle of summer, people sitting on their porches, people milling around obviously doing yard work, kids riding down the street on tricycles and all of a sudden, flames are through the roof," Loudermilk said.

Loudermilk says he does not believe this fire is related to another string of arsons earlier this year.

If you have any tips, call CrimeStoppers at 812-238-STOP.  

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