EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION
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Fire Destroys Huntington Home; State Fire Marshal Investigating
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Michelle Carroll
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons, Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Feb. 19, 2013 5:14 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 9:53 AM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Flames tearing through a house early Tuesday morning lit up the neighborhood along Altizer Avenue in Huntington.
A neighbor who didn't want to be identified said he woke up early this morning. "My son came in and said somebody's knocking on the front door saying there's a fire. I looked out and the place was pretty much engulfed."
Police say they believe the fire was intentionally set early Tuesday morning. It was called in just before 4:30 in the 4700 block of Altizer Avenue. Investigators say they believe the fire was set to cover up a burglary.
The neighbor we talked to said, "It's pretty scary. You don't know what goes on. This is a pretty good neighborhood and we don't usually have problems like that."
The man who owns the home was not here, and neighbors are glad the high winds didn't cause the fire to spread. "That's what concerned me the embers were blowing all over the neighborhood and I was actually out back with a hose squirting off the back roof just in case."
Police are hoping surveillance video captured from some neighbors can help them catch the person or people responsible.
A fire that destroyed a home on Altizer Avenue in Huntington early Tuesday appears to be arson, firefighters said. The blaze began about 4:30 a.m.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that the house went up in flames in about three minutes. They said they saw two men walking around the home with newspapers right before it caught fire.
Luckily, the homeowner was not there at the time; he was staying with his girlfriend's home close by.
The state fire marshal is on the scene investigating the fire. Keep checking wchstv.com.
Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Huntington.
Dispatchers told us that the home is located in the 4700 block of Altizer Avenue.
No word if there was anyone in the house.
Eyewitness News will get you more information as it becomes available.
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