Fire destroyed a vacant home at 1202 Stevens St. in Bridgeport Monday night.
Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long labeled the blaze “suspicious, but under investigation” since no utilities were connected to the single-story, wood-frame home.
“The fire certainly didn’t start itself,” he said.
He and city fire investigator Todd Low planned to go through the home Tuesday to try to determine how the fire started. Long said it appears the fire started in the living room area.
The home is owned by Bob Carpenter, and he did not have insurance on the home, Long said.
Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Decatur fire departments responded to extinguish the blaze along with Wise County EMS and Bridgeport police. The fire was reported around 7:15 p.m.
Long said late Monday the fire was contained to the interior of the home, but the structure sustained major damage.
The Bridgeport Fire Department was dispatched back to the location just before 1 Tuesday morning when the fire rekindled. This time, flames broke through to the exterior, making the building a total loss.