ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - Investigators believe arson is the cause for a fire at a vacant Attica home Thursday night.
Attica Fire Chief Ed O'Farrell said it started around 8:15 on the 600 block of East Summit Street.
O'Farrell said the house was about 90 percent engulfed with flames when he arrived. He said about 25 firefighters from Attica, Williamsport, and West Point were on scene.
O'Farrell said because the house was vacant and had been for years, it is believed that the fire was intentionally set. He said the house and the abandoned one next to it have had a history with the Attica Police Department.
"They had raided the house and it had a meth lab in it. They made some arrests. We occasionally have people in the community that squat in these vacant houses. Just last night, one of the neighbors told us this evening, that there were three or four older boys down here, running around behind the garage," said O'Farrell.
Someone with the state fire marshal's office will come investigate the cause of the fire as soon as possible.
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