County fire officials are treating an early-morning fire Monday as suspicious.
According to Assistant Fire Marshall Jason Burkholder, county emergency services received a call reporting the blaze around 2:30 a.m., Monday.
The fire was located in a home at 309 Maple Drive, just off Bluemont Road, according to Burkholder.
The home was described as a wood frame structure owned by Dean Bray.
“It was vacant at the time of the fire,” Burkholder said. “And we’re still investigating the cause of the fire because there was no power to the home.”
Burkholder said the cause is “undetermined” at this time, and fire officials would be returning to the home to see whether they could discover the cause of the blaze, which leveled the home.
“With no power, the fire is considered suspicious because we have a lot of questions still to answer and we haven’t been able to rule out suspicious causes,” he said.
Firefighters from the Franklin, Bannertown and Four Way volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze, and Burkholder said they were on the scene until around 6 a.m.
The fire also caused considerable damage to a neighboring home, burning one exterior wall and damaging a Ford F-150 pickup parked between the two homes.
According to Burkholder, the same home burned “a couple of years ago,” but that blaze was determined to have been caused by a fire that sparked in the home’s chimney.
No injuries were reported in connection with the fire.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.