Investigators suspect an arsonist is to blame for a fire that burned a pre-1933 Victorian-style home in Riverside early Sunday morning, causing an estimated $200,000 in damages.
The non-injury blaze was reported at about 2 a.m. in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to the Riverside City Fire Department.
When fire crews arrived at the location, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic and the right front corner of the building.
Battalion Chief Tony Perna said the balloon construction of the home presented some challenges for firefighters because it allowed flames to travel in the walls, the floor joist and into the attic.
Fortunately, the structure was mostly vacant with only a few pieces of furniture inside, which firefighters were able to salvage by moving them into the kitchen, where there was less damage, fire officials said.
The blaze was controlled in about 20 minutes and the homeowner, a Los Angeles resident, was notified.
Perna said it appeared that the fire was started from the outside and that investigators were notified of a possible suspect near the home 20 minutes before the fire started, however, no arrests have been reported.
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