Abandoned house catches fire in Harrison Twp.

A fire broke out Wednesday night at an abandoned two-story duplex.

The fire was reported around 10:10 p.m. in the 2200 block of Cadie Avenue. The fire originally was dispatched as Foster Avenue but the address was corrected later.

Firefighters battled the blaze from the outside. The house still had electrical power to it and wires were “sparking and arcing,” said Harrison Twp. Fire Chief Mark Lynch.

The property was overgrown, and Lynch said the cause could be suspicious because the house was abandoned.

“It’s been vacant for seven, eight years and hasn’t been taken care of,” he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

More than $15,000 in back taxes are owed on the property built in 1928, according to online Montgomery County Auditor’s Office records.

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.

An abandoned house on an overgrown lot caught fire tonight.

Neighbors said the house on Cadie has been vacant for at least a decade and that kids often vandalize the property.

FIRST REPORT

Multiple crews are called around 10:10 p.m. to a house fire on Foster Avenue in Harrison Twp.

The fire was reported near the intersection with Martin Avenue, which is off North Dixie Drive.

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