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April 17, 2013

Arson suspected in morning blaze

Ada —

Two juveniles were being questioned by Ada Police Department detectives Tuesday following an early-morning fire that officials  declared a case of arson at 931 West 23rd.

 Ada City Fire Marshall Justin Priest was interviewing family members at the site Tuesday afternoon and police investigators were talking with two juveniles  as “persons of interest”  at about the same time.

Either the police, or fire department will issue a press release on the  circumstances of the fire and provide an update about the blaze, the case of arson, and whatever else the investigations turn up, Ada Fire Chief Marion Harris said.

 Here’s what is known so far:

 • The Ada Fire Department was called to the scene at 7:28 a.m.

 • On arrival, after seeing what was involved, Priest called the Ada  Police Department for assistance. After Officer Kevin Hood arrived and looked over the situation, he called Ada Police Department detectives to the scene.

 • Sgt. Tracy Jackson and Detective Shane Jones saw quickly that multiple points of origin were used to set the blaze, and that included all exits from the home.

 • One unidentified male in a wheelchair was inside the house when the blazes began, but the person escaped with only minor smoke inhalation and refused medical assistance.

 • Neither of the juveniles  being interviewed about the fires had been arrested at press time  Tuesday afternoon.

 Ada Police Detective Tommy Cosper said the fire was definitely a case of arson and that there is an on-going investigation. By noon Tuesday, several people were gathered around the burned home but all declined to talk to a reporter about what had transpired.

 Even though most of the “points of origin” were discovered around the exterior of the house  and at the exterior windows, most of the damage, according to Harris, was from heavy smoke and water from fire hoses used to douse the flames.

 Harris said Ada Police Department would be working in concert with the fire marshall.

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