October 21, 2014

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Officials: Lorain duplex fire may have been arson

LORAIN — Lorain police are investigating a fire Tuesday at a South Lorain duplex and considering a man who lived in the duplex a suspect in a possible arson, according to a police report.

Lorain Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Fenn said the Fire Department considers the case “open” and hasn’t made an official ruling on the cause of the fire.

Lorain firefighters were called to a duplex at 1801 E. 34th St. for a heavily involved fire at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday. A resident leaving for work noticed the fire and called the Fire Department.

The home was unoccupied as the resident had been evicted earlier in the week. Police said the woman’s sister lived in the adjoining building, at 1803 E. 34th St., and that building sustained heavy fire and smoke damage.

The family managed to safely escape the blaze.

According to a police report, the boyfriend of the woman who lived at 1801 E. 34th St. was last seen at the duplex moving property at 10:30 p.m. Monday. A resident of 1803 reported hearing someone running down the steps next door at 5:20 a.m. Shortly after, the fire started.

Lt. Mark Carpentiere said the Police Department is waiting for an official ruling on the cause of fire, and no arrests have been made or charges filed.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.