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December 31, 2013

Homeland Security starts arson investigation

Two houses ablaze in 3 hours in rural Miami Co.

DENVER — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is investigating two Saturday morning fires in rural Miami County, which officials say might have been caused by arson.

Firefighters responded to a residential fire at 4202 N. 700 East, after noticing the flames while on scene at another residential fire about 2 miles away that occurred about three hours earlier.

Both fires occurred at vacant residences, and no injuries were reported.

While fighting the second fire, first responders noticed evidence indicating someone attempted to set the residence and detached garage on fire.

Investigators contacted IDHS’ Fire Marshal’s Office to assist in an arson investigation at both residences.

Nearly half of the second residence was destroyed by the fire. No damage estimate was available Monday.

Fire units from Denver, Mexico and Noble Township responded to the fires. The volunteer fire departments at Denver and Mexico and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department are assisting the Fire Marshal’s Office with the arson investigation.

Investigators would not release more details about the fires, saying releasing evidence could be detrimental to the investigation.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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