Arson suspected in Tyler Road fireRed Wing fire officials now suspect a fire that destroyed a Tyler Road house last Friday was the work of arsonists.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
Red Wing fire officials now suspect a fire that destroyed a Tyler Road house last Friday was the work of arsonists.
According to a press release from Red Wing Fire Marshal Andy Speltz, the blaze "is suspicious for arson."
The 312 Tyler Road residence was owned by Paul Siewert. Randy Beck was the tenant.
Speltz said interviews were conducted, the scene was processed, the fire was reconstructed and evidence was collected as part of the investigation.
"The fire, which originated on the front porch, lacks any significant heat source which would have been responsible for ignition," Speltz said in the press release. "Therefore, all natural causes and accidental causes have been eliminated.'
He said Red Wing fire investigators are working with police as the investigation moves forward. Speltz also released the arson hotline's tip number: 800-723-2020. He noted that rewards of up to $2,500 are offered for information leading to suspects in the case.