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The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a house fire that quickly spread to nearby structures Thursday night.

Park Hills Fire Chief Brad Weiss said firefighters were sent to a one-story house at 402 Houser in Park Hills when someone called to report “sparks and flames” to the inside the house around 7 p.m. is burning. “

Weiss said the rental home was technically vacant pending a building inspection, but neighbors had reported someone was seen there.

When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was completely set on fire and began to collapse. He had also started to melt the siding of the neighboring church on one side and he had set fire to the siding of the house on the other side, 404 Houser, on fire.

Weiss said by the time the first fire truck arrived, the entire side and attic of the 404 Houser was on fire. He said occupants of 404 Houser were out of town at the time of the fire, but neighbors were able to remove their animals from the house.

Weiss said the attic and the two upstairs bedrooms were damaged, but the house was “very repairable”.

No injuries were reported.

He said the fire marshal’s office was investigating the blaze as suspicious because “it grew so fast”.

The Park Hills firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Desloge, Leadington, Big River / Bonne Terre and Farmington.

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