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State Fire Marshal Investigates Apparent Arson Fire in Centralia

August 4, 2017

Centralia City Firefighters called in the State Fire Marshals office to investigate an apparent arson fire that damaged a vacant home late Wednesday night.

Firemen were called to the home at 1400 South Elm when a passerby noticed smoke coming from the residence. The first firemen on the scene confirmed the smoke. They had to force entry because the home was secure. They found a pattern of accelerate that appeared to have been poured on the floor and then set on fire from the front door through the living room, bedroom, hallway, and kitchen.

Firemen got a quick knockdown, but there was still considerable fire damage along the path of the accelerate and smoke damage throughout the home. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

The home is owned by Larry Smith of South Maple in Centralia.

All available Centralia City Firefighters were called in to fight the fire that was first reported at 11:07 pm. They remained on the scene about an hour, with some firemen assisting the fire marshal until 1:30 Thursday morning.

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