Opelika Fire Department investigate potential arson

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -  Opelika Fire Investigators work around the clock investigating what could be a case of arson.

A blaze Monday morning completely destroys a home located on Grand National Park. It was a home that's been in the family for three generations.

The property owner is valuing the loss at $225,000.

Opelika police are looking into every situation that could have caused the fire, Capt. Scott McBurney with the OFD says, "since we did have a structured fire, a residential fire, that was unoccupied at the time we decided to use all of our resources to investigate to rule out different possibilities that could have caused the fire.

The homeowner believes it was arson, saying a string of break-ins have occurred on that street recently, and his house was broken into last week.

He believes someone was planning the fire. Captain McBurney said arson is not ruled out.

The Fire department said they are doing everything they can and right now they just have to wait because they have interviews they need to conduct and send things from the fire to be tested.

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