OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) - Firefighters believe arson may be the cause of a Benton County house fire Friday afternoon.
It happened around 4 p.m. at 401 S. Justice St. in Oxford, Ind.
Oxford firefighters arrived on scene to flames shooting out the front of the home.
Neighbors told firefighters the home had been vacant for several months, but there was some remodeling work being done.
Oxford Fire Department Captain Jerry Morris was first to the scene and noticed the front door was open. Morris says it's suspicious a house would catch fire when electricity and gas to the home had been previously shut off.
"When we arrived on scene, I was in the first truck on scene. The front door was completely open, so something unusual is going on," said Morris. "We're going contact the state fire marshal and see if we get him to come down Monday and take a look around."
Firefighters are calling the house a total loss.
No one was injured from the fire.
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