Fire destroys home

Published 8:32 pm Saturday, May 22, 2010

A juvenile suspect from Selma has arrested and police are searching for a second under suspicion of arson for a fire that took a home on the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Street early Saturday.

“The state fire marshal, in conjunction with the Selma Fire Department and the Selma Police Department brought a suspect into custody,” said Selma Fire Chief Michael Stokes.

Stokes would not release the cause of the fire because it is under investigation.

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According to Battilion Chief Alton Green, the incident is not believed to be connected to any other fires.

“The call came in at 10:08 a.m.,” said Green. “It was fully involved when we got there and he had to start protecting the other houses. Our main priority was to keep the two houses from catching fire.”

Green said that the firefighters on the scene were able to put out the fire before too much damage was done to the homes next to it.

“We saved both of the houses,” said Fire Captain Mike Frith of the adjacent homes. “They only suffered minimal damage.”

Frith said that the original home was a total loss.

Despite rumors of faulty water pressure, firefighters said that was not an issue.