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Fire Destroys Abandoned Home; Investigators Ask for Tips

Officials say while there's evidence the fire was started by humans, it's unclear if it was intentional or an accident

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    (Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017)

    For the second time in less than a week, a fire completely gutted an abandoned building in Rockland, Massachusetts, and fire officials say there's evidence the blaze was started by humans.

    Rockland firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at a home on Reed Street around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Due to the home's construction, the State Fire Marshal said the blaze was well underway before the crews were on the scene.

    Neighboring buildings were evacuated as the home burned, which no one had been living in since its previous owner died and was up for sale.

    Although there is evidence at the scene that the fire was started by some human activity, it's unclear whether it was accidental or intentional, according to the Fire Marshal.

    No one was injured in the fire, and the fire is being investigated by local and state officials. Anyone with information is asked to call the state's Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229; the State Fire Marshal said the Arson Hotline is the only phone number for the public to contact the department about fires.

    Last week a 7-alarm fire tore through an abandoned factory building about a mile away. The State Fire Marshal said the cause of that blaze is still being investigated.

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