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Vacant home damaged by blaze

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Fire heavily damaged a vacant home at 1202 Stevens Street in Bridgeport Monday night. No utilities were connected to the single-story, wood frame home, and Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said the cause is suspicious and under investigation. He said the fire apparently 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.