Arson is suspected as being the cause of a fire in the Lakewood Park area of Beech Grove Sunday night.
The fire destroyed one home and heavily damaged another, according to police.
According to the police report, emergency communication dispatchers received a call of a house “exploding and catching fire” on Kennsaw Pike in the Lakewood Park area about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Upon deputy David Reed’s arrival, he discovered that the vacant house located at 30 Kennsaw Pike was fully engulfed in flames.
The fire then spread to an adjacent house located at 70 Kennsaw Pike.
According to several neighbors, the house at 70 Kennsaw Pike was occupied by Troy Toler. According to the report, Reed checked at that residence and discovered that Toler was not at home.
A witness reported hearing what “sounded like glass breaking” and what “sounded like a glass bottle hitting the bed of a pickup truck.”
Several rural fire departments were dispatched to battle the blaze and as they were fighting it the fire fighters stated that it appeared there was some type “of flammable liquid in the structure” at 30 Kennsaw Pike. The firefighters stated that the more they sprayed water on the fire the more it spread.
The house located at 30 Kennsaw Pike was listed as being a total loss and the house at 70 Kennsaw Pike “suffered heavy damage” from heat, according to the police report.
Coffee County Sheriff’s Department fire investigator Capt. Jeff McCullough stated that arson is suspected as being the cause of the fire at 30 Kennsaw Pike.
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