Laura home destroyed in fire

Arson suspected in blaze

LAURA — The fire that destroyed a Laura home Wednesday night may have be intentionally set, officials say.

Fire crews were called out to a home in the 3400 block of Stauffer Road in Laura around 9 p.m. and arrived to find the structure fully engulfed.

“It was fully involved when we got there,” said Ken Saunders of the Laura Fire Department.

The building was a total loss and crews battled the flames for a “substantial amount of time,” he added.

Investigators were called out to the scene Wednesday night, Saunders said. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak arson is suspected in this case.

The house was unoccupied and there were no injuries.

The home belongs to David Yates, who has been in custody at the Miami County Jail since April, Duchak confirmed.

No arrests have been made yet and the case remains under investigation, he said.

Pitsburg, Laura, Ludlow Falls, Pleasant Hill and West Milton fire departments offered mutual aid for the blaze.

Arson suspected in blaze
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