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House Fire Suspicious

Sonora, CA — The Sonora Fire Department says the blaze that destroyed a vacant two story home in downtown Sonora Thursday evening appears suspicious.

Fire Chief Mike Barrows says the owner had not been to the home in about five weeks and he was waiting for the economy to turn around before he remodeled the structure.

No one was in the house when firefighters arrived shortly before 10pm to the 600 block of High Street.

Barrows says the fire originated on the first floor. Samples and evidence have been sent to an outside entity for testing.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.