Sioux Falls house fire under investigation as arson
An arson investigator with the Sioux Falls Police Department says Wednesday's house fire is under investigation as an arson. Accelerants were found in the rubble, Officer Sam Clemens told KSFY News during police briefing.
Crews were called to the fire at 1004 S. Harrington Circle shortly before 3 a.m. and had the fire under control by 3:30.
Investigators believe the house was empty at the time of the fire. Firefighters and neighbors at the scene said the home was undergoing some major renovations.
The Sioux Falls Crime Lab was at the scene for several hours taking pictures of footprints and tire tracks in the snow as far as a block down from the home.
An Accelerant Detection Canine with the Division of Criminal Investigation in Mitchell was also called out to the scene. Maggie, the canine officer, is the only accelerant detection dog in the upper Midwest. She is brought out to any suspicious fire to confirm or rule out the use of accelerant.
Sioux Falls fire marshals were waiting for Maggie to investigate the remains of the home before entering the structure for further investigation.
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