A house in South Ashland was heavily damaged Thursday morning by a fire that may have been set by an burglar.
The blaze was reported just before 10 a.m. in a two-story residence at 3233 Hackworth Street, Ashland Fire Department Batallion Chief Duane Trimble said.
Heavy smoke was pouring from the structure when firefighters arrived, Trimble said. When they tried to make entry, flames came out onto the front porch, he said.
A neighboring house located roughly 4 feet from the burning home was doused with water in an attempt to keep the fire from spreading to it, Trimble said. However, the adjacent house still sustained some minor roof damage, he said.
The house where the fire started heavy fire damage to the living room and stairwell areas and smoke and heat damage throughout, Trimble said. The occupants of the home weren’t home when the blaze started and no injuries were reported.
The blaze is listed as being of suspicious origin, Trimble said. There were witness reports of a possible break-in at the residence and of the suspects being seen fleeing the scene in a rental truck just before the fire broke out.
The fire is under investigation by both the AFD and the Ashland Police Department.