A fire in the evening hours of Dec. 18 damaged more than 50 percent of an unoccupied house on Oak Street.

The Crossett Fire Department was dispatched to a scene that included flames at 1205 Oak Street at 8:11 p.m. and worked until around 10:30 p.m.

Fire Chief Bo Higgonbotham said that the residence was a rent house and the tenants were in the process of moving out and not staying in the home at the time of the fire.

“The house was basically empty,” Higgonbotham said.

Higgonbotham said Thursday that the cause of the fire was unknown, but the fire marshall was still looking into the matter.

“It’s hard to say if foul play was involved, but it is under investigation,” Higgonbotham.

Higgonbotham said that it is unusual for vacant homes to go up on their own, but that the utilities were still turned on to the home, which made the situation a little more probable.

Higgonbotham said very rarely does a home with nothing at all connected go up in flames all by itself. The fire was still under investigation at press time.

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