Springfield police, fire investigate weekend house fire as arson

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions are investigating a weekend house fire as an arson.

Officers responded around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 2700 block of Berger Avenue to assist Springfield Fire in blocking traffic, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they found the backside of the residence engulfed in heavy smoke and the house next door had heavy smoke coming from it as well.

Firefighters were able to make their way into the house and cleared it with no one inside, the report stated.

After the fire division was able to handle the flames and smoke, they called in a fire investigator as the fire was believed to be an arson.

An officer and fire captain then spoke with the owner of the property.

“(The owner) stated that she just purchased the property on Sept. 28. She stated when she purchased the property, she was advised by the realtor that there was no electrical or gas issues that could have possibly caused the fire,” the report stated.

No suspect or witness information was available.

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions as well as the fire investigation continue their investigations into this incident.

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