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House fire deemed suspicious

Recorder Chris Curtis
Charred front steps were the only standing reminder of the vacant house at 58 James St. Sunday following an early-morning fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Recorder Chris Curtis Charred front steps were the only standing reminder of the vacant house at 58 James St. Sunday following an early-morning fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

GREENFIELD — Fire consumed a vacant house on James Street early Sunday morning. Firefighters are treating the fire as suspicious and a reward is offered for information through the state arson hotline.

Greenfield Fire Capt. Clark Seaman said firefighters responded to a box alarm around 2 a.m. and arrived to find the two-story wood structure at 58 James St. fully engulfed.

Nobody was hurt.

The fire is under investigation by the Greenfield fire and police departments and the state fire marshal’s office and is deemed suspicious at this time, Seaman said, due to the extent of the fire in a vacant home with no power.

Multiple departments responded to the fire. All units were back in quarters by 9 a.m., Seaman said.

By Sunday afternoon an excavator had flattened the remains of the building. A neighboring home did not appear damaged.

Posters offered a reward of up to $5,000 through the state ArsonWatch Rewards Fund for information leading to an arrest or indictment. The number for the confidential hotline is 800-682-9229.

Seaman said he believed the home was temporarily vacant while the owners renovated.

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