Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Arson suspected in Logan blaze

A fire that destroyed five houses in Logan Tuesday morning was the work of an arsonist.

The fire was first reported before 6 a.m. along Dingess Street and it was around 10 a.m. before the flames were extinguished. Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said it was obvious the fire was an arson almost immediately.

Four of the five houses were unoccupied. The man living in the fourth home was out of town at the time of the blaze. Beckett said all structures involved were a total loss.

The flames took out electrical service and other utilities in the area. Beckett credited the department for doing the best they could in a dangerous situation.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office was already on the scene late Tuesday morning to begin its investigation.