Fire at vacant house deemed arson

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A home undergoing renovations suffered heavy fire damage early Tuesday morning, and investigators say it was the result of arson.

Battalion Chief Julian Williamson with Norfolk Fire and Rescue said someone passing by a home in the 1000 block of Clements Avenue noticed a home on fire and called emergency crews just before 2:30 a.m.

Photo courtesy Norfolk Fire and Rescue
Photo courtesy Norfolk Fire and Rescue

The home was vacant and undergoing renovation at the time of the fire, Williamson said. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control and no nearby homes were damaged.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Norfolk Fire Marshals have determined it was the result of arson.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Norfolk Fire-Rescue Arson Tip Line at 757-823-INFO, or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Arson is a serious crime, and a reward of up to $5000.00 may be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who commits an act of Arson.

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