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DECATUR — No one was injured after a fire destroyed a vacant house in Decatur early Monday, but fire officials say arson was the cause of the "suspicious" blaze. 

Deputy Chief Lyle Meador said firefighters arrived to 1425 E. Lawrence St. at 6:47 a.m. and discovered flames and smoke within the single-story structure. A statement from the fire department says it was contained by 7:10 a.m.

The house was considered a total loss, the department said, and the fire caused $2,500 in damage. Meador said the fire is being investigated as arson because multiple points of ignition were found at the scene. Decatur police will be involved in the investigation, he said.

"It was a very small house, and we're lucky that one of the neighbors got up and called it in," Meador said. "The main body of the fire was found in the utility closet, and it looks like an accelerant had been poured."

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