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Mobile home fire deemed arson

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A mobile home fire that occurred in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last week is being investigated as arson.

The fire broke out about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20, at 329 Sarah. The Cedar Springs Fire Department arrived on scene within six minutes and quickly extinguished the blaze.

Fire Chief Jerry Gross said that the fire started in a bedroom and was mostly contained to that area. No one was at home at the time of fire.

The fire department was called out again to the mobile home on Friday afternoon, after someone thought they heard a beeping, like a smoke detector going off. It turned out to be a false alarm.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a fire investigator made the determination of arson this week.

Parent said the fire was suspicious from the beginning because the police had been to that address earlier in the day on a report from a co-owner that property had been removed from the home. He asked if anyone has information about the fire to call the Cedar Springs Police Department at 696-1311, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345, or toll free at (866) 774-2345. You can also text a tip to CRIMES (274637). The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.

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