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Fire ruled arson

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

A house fire that broke out after the resident set off flea bombs and left to spend the night with her parents has been ruled arson, said Decatur Fire Marshal Darwin Clark.

Clark said the flea bombs were a consideration in the investigation, but had been ruled out as the cause of the fire that destroyed the house at 1508 10th Ave. S.E. early Sunday.

The house suffered heavy smoke and fire damage, and the blaze destroyed most of the belongings of Anya Davis, 33, who had just moved in. But according to a report filed with police, Davis could not find some of her possessions among the ashes.

“At this point, it appears a fire was set in an attempt to cover up a burglary,” Clark said. “We’re pursuing evidence and a couple of leads.”

Clark released findings on two other cases.

A blazing couch at 1812 Locust St. S.E. that burned a resident as he pushed it out the front door Sunday has been ruled accidental.

Clark said investigators were unable to confirm the resident’s story about seeing an acquaintance running from the house as he returned home shortly before 1 a.m.

“The couch caught on fire; we don’t know how. I can’t rule that it was intentionally set when I can’t substantiate his story,” Clark said.

Clark also ruled a fire that caused heavy fire damage to the attic of a house at 2936 Legacy Drive at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night was accidental.

“It appears charcoal put in the yard waste can began smoldering and set the garbage cans on fire. They were right against the house, so it spread to the house,” Clark said.

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