Public safety

Sheriff's office investigating 'suspicious' Brutus fire

2013-05-20T14:57:00Z 2013-05-21T08:00:55Z Sheriff's office investigating 'suspicious' Brutus fireThe Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
May 20, 2013 2:57 pm  • 

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is investigating a "suspicious" fire that razed an abandoned Brutus home late Sunday evening.

According to deputies, firefighters rushed to 8407 Jericho Road at 9:45 p.m. to find the single-story home fully engulfed in flames. Although no one was injured in the blaze, the residence was destroyed.

According to Lt. Joseph Weeks, investigators deemed the fire suspicious because the vacant home's electrical service was turned off before the blaze. The cause is currently unknown.

A Cayuga County 911 spokesperson said Sunday evening that neighbors living near the Brutus residence reportedly heard an explosion before finding the unoccupied building's front porch covered in flames.

Weeks said firefighters spent several hours putting out the fire.

According to Cayuga County real property records, the property is owned by Dorothy L. Spencer and was most recently assessed at $90,000.

Deputies encouraged anyone who witnessed suspicious activity near Jericho Road last night or has information about the blaze to call Detective Steve Smith at 253-4869.

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