• 46°

Cause of house fire likely accidental

No foul play, investigators say

ROME TOWNSHIP — State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators said the cause of a house fire Tuesday night in Rome Township is being officially ruled undetermined, but said they found no evidence of foul play when they surveyed the site Wednesday morning.

According to a report, the fire at 9604 County Road 107 (Roman Harbor subdivision) started in the southwest corner of the third floor in the attic that had been converted to living space. Investigators say the third floor was heavily damaged, but firefighters were able to stop the fire from destroying everything and this gave investigators a better opportunity to examine the fire scene.

Investigators said at this time they can’t rule out the fire was the result of an electrical malfunction.

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

The fire broke out just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Because of the size of the fire, Rome Township Fire Department received mutual aid from several other departments in Lawrence County and two from Cabell County, W.Va.

Investigators said at this time they can’t rule out the fire was the result of an electrical malfunction.

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

The fire broke out just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Because of the size of the fire, Rome Township Fire Department received mutual aid from several other departments in Lawrence County and two from Cabell County, W.Va.