West Burke fire considered suspicious

in Burke/Newport/News

WEST BURKE — A fire that broke out in West Burke early Thursday morning is considered suspicious, investigators say.

The West Burke Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 268 School Street at around 2:30 a.m.

The residence had previously been damaged due to a fire in July of 2019.

Since that time it had been uninhabited.

There was no electrical power to the residence, and the homeowner, listed as Rocky Rodger, had started demolition of the remains in an attempt to remove the structure.

The residence is located approximately 1/4 mile from the roadway and the driveway was not being maintained.

Given the structure’s location and prohibitive access, no fire suppression efforts were undertaken.

The structure is considered a total loss.

There were no reported injuries.

Investigators say the cause remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.

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