North Ann Street blaze ruled burglary/arsonPublished 3:29pm Thursday, November 7, 2013
A fire that gutted the rear of a manufactured home on North Ann Street Wednesday morning has been ruled arson by the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s office.
Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said the investigation by the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department and a deputy state fire marshal “found evidence that items were removed from the residence before it was set on fire.” The blaze was reported on the 2400 block of North Ann Street just after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Eclectic firefighters reported to the scene to extinguish the fire, saving most of the front portion of the home.
Because it is now an active criminal investigation, Paulk said he could not release any further information before a suspect is in custody.
He said there is no evidence the fire is connected to another arson-related blaze Saturday morning on Claud Road in Eclectic.
“There is no evidence to indicate (the two fires are) connected,” Paulk said.