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INVESTIGATORS: Cause Undetermined in Fire, Considered Suspicious

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE 5/7/13 @ 11:50 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The cause of a fire that destroyed a home over the weekend has been ruled undetermined, but investigators don't believe it was an accident.

The fire broke out Sunday night along Parrish Hill Road in Jackson County, W.Va.

No one was home when the fire broke out and no one was injured.

Tuesday, investigators say they have not been able to determine what started the fire, but it does appear to be suspicious.

Deputies say the home was once condemned after meth was found inside.

"We had complaints on this house before from neighbors suspecting there was something going on with drugs," Chief Deputy Herb Faber said.

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UPDATE 5/6/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A house with a troubled past went up in flames Sunday night, and investigators are trying to figure out how it all started.

A fierce fireball filled the sky, tearing through a home so fast that a chimney was all that stood as firefighters rolled up to the burning home along Parrish Hill Road in Jackson County.

"Oh, the whole sky was lit up through there -- in that area," neighbor Earnie Hager said. "I heard there was a lot of trouble there in the house and a lot of things. The sheriff had been there a lot."

This home, however, was one with a shady past. It was once condemned for meth after deputies say they found drug items inside. It's also the source of fear and frustration for those living nearby.

No one was home during the fire, and no one was hurt, according to firefighters.

"I kind of hate to see anybody's house burn," neighbor Glynn Ridenour said. "You know that's not a good thing, ever."

The mangled metal, debris and rubble was still smoldering Monday afternoon. No one came by the home Monday, which has many raising suspicions.

"I know there were people there the day before," Ridenour said. "And there's a lot of coming and going there."

"We had complaints on this house before from neighbors suspecting there was something going on with drugs," Chief Deputy Herb Faber said.

Earnie Hager lives next door and says he's seen traffic, but he never expected to walk outside and see the flames -- also to hear things.

"Shells going off, it was crackling so loud," neighbor Earnie Hager said. "It sounded like bullets going off."

The real reason for the rubble, however, still has to be sifted out to see if the history of trouble brought down the house.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is expected to be on the scene Tuesday.

Neighbors say the home had electricity running to it.

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ORIGINAL STORY
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Flames were seen shooting from a home in Jackson County Sunday night.

First responders tell WSAZ.com the flames broke out just before 10:30 p.m. on Parrish Hill Road.

Firefighters say no one was hurt. No word on what started the fire but they are investigating.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal has been called to the scene.

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