Written by John Plestina
This fire totally destroyed this vacant house on the corner of Fairweather Street and Third Avenue South Monday, April 28. A motorhome belonging to a neighbor was destroyed. Arson is suspected. (Photos by Patrick O’Connor)
Only a chimney remains standing of a vacant house on Third Avenue South near Fairweather Street that burned to the ground after a suspicious fire started early Monday, April 28.
A motorhome that belongs to a neighbor was also destroyed.
“I have no information to say it was arson, but no one was living in it, so it had no other way to start,” Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department chief Shawn Eggar said Monday afternoon.
The WPVFD responded with seven firefighters and three trucks following a 911 call at 12:10 a.m., by a neighbor reporting seeing smoke coming from the house.
“When the police got there, the fire was in the basement. When we got there, the house was fully involved,” Eggar said. He added that the WPVFD response time was quick.
Police chief Jeff Harada said there is no active arson investigation by city police. He said neighbors called 911 and reported seeing smoke coming from the house. Neighbors also reported to officers at the scene that they had seen young people running from the house.
“We were pleased that it didn’t get to the next house,” Eggar said. He added that if it had happened Saturday, the wind could have spread the fire to nearby homes.