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Vacant farmhouse destroyed in 'suspicious' fire

July 15, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a Hooker Road farmhouse last Tuesday night.

A suspicious fire destroyed a farmhouse late Tuesday night on Hooker Road in Concord Township, authorities said. No one was injured.

The state police fire marshal's unit is investigating, but a cause is not known.

Dan Bunyan, chief of the West Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department, said he deemed the fire suspicious because the house has been vacant for several years and there were no utilities connected to it.

Trooper DuWayne Baird, a deputy fire marshal, concurred after inspecting the charred remains Wednesday.

“I can't rule out it was suspicious,” Baird said.

A neighbor apparently noticed the two-story, wood-frame house engulfed in flames and called 911 shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, fire officials said.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appears in Thursday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article about the fire.

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