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UPDATE: Investigators Believe House Fire Was Intentionally Set

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email
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UPDATE: 09/15/2013 7:43 PM

Investigators believe it was arson. They say it appears accelerants were used to start a fire that destroyed a Camden Avenue home.

Parkersburg firefighters responded to 1213 Camden Avenue around 9 o'clock Saturday night.

The home was fully involved when they arrived on scene. Firefighters used a ladder truck to extinguish the flames, most of which were coming from the attic of the home.

Neighbors say the home is vacant and the electricity to the home was shut off.

Brian Riel is listed as the homeowner. He was arrested in May at the address and is in jail charged with distributing bath salts.

Captain Tim Flinn says investigators do believe the fire was intentionally set. It appears to have started on the ground floor near a stairwell.

He says it's a strong possibility accelerants were used due to how quickly the fire spread. The house is a total loss.

Officials ask anyone with information to call the police or fire departments.
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Parkersburg firefighters responded to 1213 Camden Avenue around 9 o'clock Saturday night.

The home was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene. Firefighters used a ladder truck to extinguish the flames, most of which were coming from the attic of the home.

Neighbors say the home is vacant and the electricity to the home was shut off.

"A guy knocked on the door. I answered the door and he's out of breath trying to explain to me what's happening. I look across the street and I see the flames shooting up. I called 911 and he said thank you. He said his cell phone didn't work so he's trying to find the nearest neighbor to call 911. So I called 911 and told them that there's a fire and there was flames shooting out of the house, catching the trees on fire. And then they showed up super fast," says Tim Hughes, the neighbor who called 911.

Brian Riel is listed as the homeowner. He was arrested in May at the address and is in jail, charged with distributing bath salts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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