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Fire destroys vacant home in Salineville

SALINEVILLE — A vacant East Main Street home was destroyed by a fire that was discovered late Tuesday night.

Salineville Fire Chief Jeff Lewis said it was a police officer returning to the station who noticed the fire at 51 E. Main St. and called for firefighters to respond at about 11:56 p.m. Tuesday.

Lewis said when firefighters arrived the flames were through the roof of the home, which is owned by partners Jason Tucker of Lisbon and Wade Moore of New Cumberland, W.Va. The men had reportedly been in the process of remodeling the home, but at this point it has been destroyed. Lewis said the home was not insured.

Additionally, the homes on each side received some damage from the heat emanating from the burning home. One of the damaged houses is owned by a member of village council and the other by a member of the BPA.

The cause of the fire is considered suspicious, Lewis said, noting there was no electricity or utilities hooked up at the house. He is hoping some surveillance cameras in the area may offer some clues as to what may have started the fire.

Nine firefighters from the Salineville Volunteer Fire Department were assisted by seven members of the Highlandtown Fire Department and six members of the Franklin Township Fire Department. Salineville concluded work at the home shortly before 4 a.m.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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