Police suspect arson after fire burns shed

WINDOW ROCK, September 13, 2012

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W INDOW ROCK - Navajo police were called to a house in A small structure fire destroyed a shed at 1305 Castle Rock Drive in Tuba City.

Navajo police said the fire began about 11:16 p.m. on Sept. 10.

The Navajo Fire Department was called and firefighters put out the fire quickly. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was arson.

Home burns to the ground

Another fire was reported in Tuba City on September 9, this one one-fourth of a mile south of the low-rent housing.

Police said a phone call came in about 2:13 a.m. from a concerned citizen who reported the fire at the Jasper residence.

When an officer arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames. The officer noticed that the front door was open and yelled to see if there was anyone inside but did not get a response.

The officer was forced to move away from the building, however, because of the thick, black smoke and the extreme heat while he waited for fire trucks to arrive.

Fire trucks arrive at 3:09 a.m. but by that time, the entire building was destroyed.

Interviews with neighbors revealed that the regular occupants of the house were in Phoenix and no one was in it at the time.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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