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SLIDESHOW: Greenville house fire ruled as arson

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Investigators now say a Greenville house fire was intentionally set Friday morning.

Firefighters got the fire under control around 1 p.m. Friday and continued to monitor hot spots as their investigation began.

It happened at a home at 706 W. 5th Street around 10:30 Friday morning.

A first-responding officer attempted to enter the engulfed home and call out for anyone inside but was pushed back by the fire.  The officer was sent to Vidant Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Eric Griffin commended his crews for their quick response and that they "worked so hard to fight such a large house fire. Any time emergency operations last for such a long time, our personnel are at additional risk."

Greenville Fire & Rescue arrived within four minutes of the call.  They have yet to confirmed if anyone, possibly squatters, was inside the home at the time of the fire.  Battalion Chief Shannon Terry says the home has been listed as vacant since 2007.

She says the older home's "balloon" type architecture allowed the fire to spread rapidly into the attic and throughout the house.

More than 30 firefighters responded to the fire and more firefighters from Easter Pines Volunteer Department were called in from surrounding communities to man the fire stations and other emergencies that might arise.

Battalion Chief Terry says the investigation is still ongoing and has been handed over to the Greenville Police Department.

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