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Friday fire ruled arson

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By Molly Haines

A Friday morning fire on Claxon’s Ridge Road has been ruled arson by the state.
Monterey Volunteer Fire Chief Larry House said the fire at 645 Claxon Ridge Rd. began around 6 a.m.
“It was mostly smoke damage,” House said. “It was burnt on the inside real bad, but it didn’t burn all the way down.”
House said an arson investigator was called to the scene and ruled the blaze arson.
“The (house door) had been kicked in from the outside and gas had been poured in the hallway next to the furnace,” House said.
Monterey, New Liberty, Jonesville and the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Departments assisted.
The investigation is ongoing.