CAIRO — A fire at a vacant house in Cairo on Wednesday night is being called suspicious by authorities, Cairo Fire Chief Ray Feml said Thursday.

At about 7:14 p.m., Greene County 911 sent Cairo Fire Department to a house across the road from 35 Lake Mills Road after receiving reports that a building was on fire.

When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, they reported a working structure fire and requested mutual-aid assistance from neighboring companies.

A Battalion 4 response was requested and seven Greene County fire companies responded.

The fire gutted the building and burned through the roof. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to any of the other buildings on the property, Feml said.

It was a difficult fire to fight because the two-story wood-frame home has been vacant for a long time and parts of the building were unstable, Feml said.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

It has been deemed suspicious, Feml said.

The home was empty and was not connected to any power sources, Feml said. Flames from the fire could be seen by passing motorists on Route 23.

The fire was brought under control around 8:30 p.m. There were no reported injuries, Feml said.

The highway department was contacted to sand and salt the road, as water being used to fight the fire was freezing up.

Lake Mills Road was closed for several hours while fire crews worked.

Fire companies that assisted the Cairo department at the scene were Round Top, East Durham, Oak Hill-Durham, Freehold, Greenville and Leeds.

Also assisting were Cairo Ambulance, Greene County Paramedics, Town of Cairo Police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

All fire companies were back in service at 1 a.m.

Cairo firefighters were called back to the scene Thursday morning. The fire rekindled just before 8 a.m. and was put out quickly.

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