The alarm came in at 10:42 to the address 75 Sychar Road. Firefighters found the origin of the fire to be in a lower room at the rear right corner of the two-story frame house.
Christy said the fire had been burning quite a while in the room before firefighters arrived, and had burned through to the second floor bathroom.
“The bathtub was hanging through the floor joist,” Christy said.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, he said, but they had to take off siding and walls to check for fire that might have spread into other areas.
The house was not occupied. Christy said he has not been able to determine the owner, but apparently the house is in foreclosure. He said the origin of the fire is suspicious. Department investigators are on the scene today to determine what started the fire.
The department’s tower truck, two engines and nine firefighters, along with a fire truck and five firefighters from the College Township, Monroe station, fought the blaze. Christy and Assistant Fire Chief Chris Menapace were also on the scene. Firefighters secured from the scene at 1:57 a.m. today.