Jacksonville Police are investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed an abandoned home overnight on the city’s northeast side.
Jacksonville Fire Captain Doug Sills says firefighters were called to 602 Sheridan at about 3:15. Sills says smoke was coming from the home and flames were found the central part of the house when his department arrived.
He says the home, owned by Claude Hart, appears to be a total loss.
Sills says it appears the fire began in a hallway in the home, but there were no utilities to the house. He says there was forced entry to a rear door of the home.
Sills says the investigation into what may have caused the blaze was turned over to Jacksonville Police and the State Fire Marshal.
No injuries were reported.
Firefighters were on scene for about an hour and a half.
Meanwhile, firefighters at the Jacksonville Fire Substation were called to a vehicle fire at a Brahler’s Truckers Supply on Harold Cox Drive at about 3:30 overnight.
Firefighters say David Fowler of Winchester was arriving to the business to begin his work day when he noticed smoke and flames coming from under the hood of his vehicle.
When firefighters arrived, the 1998 Chevy Lumina was fully engulfed in flames.
Fowler got out of the vehicle unharmed. No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters were on scene for about a half hour.