BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Investigators with the Batesville Fire Department say a house fire Thursday on Ramsey Street next door to a boutique is considered suspicious.
According to Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn, the fire at 236 Ramsey Street started at around 1 p.m. By 2 p.m., the fire was out as the investigation began.
He said they believe the fire had been burning since about 12:15.
One of his guys drove past the house during his lunch break and noticed the fire was coming from inside the house.
Gleghorn and his crews worked to keep the fire under control.
There were a few things he noticed to make them question how the fire began.
"Time of day, the fact the doors were standing open," Gleghorn said. "When people got here, the first people that witnessed the fire, neighbors across the street, business across the street and my firefighter, front door was standing open. There was a fire in the front room and there was also a fire in the back room."
The owner of the Bargain Hound Boutique next door took pictures of the heavy smoke coming from next door.
The fire department also had to shut down parts of Harrison Street due to a large amount of smoke spreading across the highway.
Gleghorn said they had to not only keep the fire under control but they also had to make sure buildings like the Bargain Hound Boutique next door did not catch fire as well.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Lt. John Scarbrough told Region 8 News Thursday the house is a complete loss.
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