EMPTY HOUSE IN FLAMES: What is left of the abandoned house on Glen Rd.
EMPTY HOUSE IN FLAMES: What is left of the abandoned house on Glen Rd. Kirstin Payne

Fire at abandoned Glen Rd property remains a mystery

WITNESSES say the flames from an abandoned Glen Rd property could be seen from the highway.

Mystery surrounds what caused the empty building to become fully engulfed in flames by the time authorities arrived on the scene Thursday night.

Fire Station Officer Dennis Burton, who attended the scene just after 8pm, said investigations into what started the fire would take place.

"Due to the nature of the structure it was good action by the crew involved," he said.

With the front half of the building engulfed the blaze took two and a half hours to get under control according to the Warwick fire auxiliary.

"To the best of our knowledge no gas or power was connected to the premises," the station officer said.

A spokesman from the Warwick Police could not rule out arson yet, but stated "I don't think there is anything suspicious about it at this stage".

However the property owner, who chose not to be named suggested the blaze may not have been an accident.

"I think it's been a bunch of kids up at the place," he said.

After acquiring the property earlier this year the owner said he had often caught trespassers in the empty building.

"There has been theft and vandalism, it's an old run- down house, my biggest concern was someone would get hurt or injured," he said.

The owner said he was informed of the fire while out to dinner with his family.

"I can't really do anything about it now," he said about the house, which was intended to be demolished later this year.

The property is the only structure on the now-cleared block ready for new housing.

Investigations by both the Warwick Police and Fire brigade into the matter continue.



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