House fire ruled accidental
A fire that destroyed a large house Monday morning at 808 Springwood Lane in Warren County has been ruled accidental.
Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Thursday the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
“We’re working with the insurance company to determine the exact cause,” Maiatico said, adding that “a couple pieces of equipment” in the room where the fire started are a major part of the investigation.
“There’s nothing suspicious,” Maiatico said of the fire. “It appears accidental. We’re just trying to pinpoint the exact cause.”
Maiatico said the fire may have claimed the life of a pet cat in the house. No remains have been found inside the home, but the cat has been missing since the fire.
The occupants of the home were visiting relatives out of state when firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 7:39 a.m. Monday. They arrived at the house to find flames swallowing the first and second floors and spreading onto the roof.
The fire caused an estimated $650,000 damage and took two hours for firefighters to bring under control.
One Warren County firefighter was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of minor burns, but returned to duty later in the day. No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters trying to suppress the fire obtained water from a hydrant installed in a neighboring subdivision.
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