Firefighters are investigating after a house on Charleston's West Side was apparently set ablaze twice over the weekend.
A vacant house at 947 Walnut Street, just off Washington Street West, caught fire first at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday then again just after 2 a.m. Monday.
Capt. Ken Tyree, an investigator with the city's fire department, said the fires seemed suspicious because there were no utilities running to the house.
Tyree said the home had been "officially" vacant for a few months. The occupant moved out when the home sustained damage from a house fire at an adjacent structure, but Tyree said people were squatting in the house.
He said the first fire appeared to have started on the front porch, destroying the porch's roof. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze but were called back to the house 24 hours later when fire again engulfed the structure.
The second fire began in a back bedroom and destroyed the back half of the house. Tyree said the house was a total loss.
Tyree said it was probable some sort of accelerant was used to ignite the house.
So far investigators do not have any suspects or motive.
"Two fires both fully involved, they'd either have to have a lot of stuff in the house or use some kind of ignitable liquid," Tyree said. "They must have some purpose behind it. Hopefully we will find out sooner rather than later what it was."
The fire remains under investigation.Anyone with information can contact fire investigators at 304-348-8058.