Arson investigation after suspicious fire

Just before 11:30 Friday night a Paris police officer saw the fire on High Street and alerted dispatchers.

"There's a fire station a few blocks up the street, as you can see you got houses within a couple feet of this house and they did an exceptional job," said Battalion Chief Michael Duffy with the Paris Fire Department.

One woman lived in the home but firefighters say she wasn't there when the fire started.

Once the flames were out the crews working the scene were immediately suspicious about the cause of the fire.

"House had no electric in it," Duffy said. "Once we went through the house it had several points of origin located in the front room as well as another room."

Saturday morning Paris Fire investigators began an arson investigation and called in Scott County's accelerant detection dog, Honey, to help. The canine hit on several areas in the house where accelerants could have been present.

The material that Honey highlighted has been collected and sent to a lab.

Paris Police are looking for several people who they believe may know how this fire started. They're not calling them suspects, yet.


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