UPDATE: House a complete loss in Pueblo fire; Investigated as arson
A suspicious house fire is now under investigation as arson in Pueblo. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in the 900 block of W. 16th St., just north of downtown.
The mid-day blaze was unusual in the eyes of Assistant Fire Chief Bill Nemick with the Pueblo Fire Department.
"This time of day people are out and about and they see the smoke and flames early on," explained Nemick. "For a fire to get to this size this time of day is unusual. A lot of the time we expect fires like this at night time when people are asleep and there aren't a lot of people on the roads."
The area of W. 16th St. and Blake St. was closed for a period of time while crews worked to put out the fire.
On Wednesday morning, Pueblo police said it is being investigated as arson. At this time, there are no named suspects in the case.
"The fire got so big so quick is what raises suspicion or a red flag," said Nemick.
No one was injured in the fire. The man who owns the home tells 11 News he did not have insurance.
The fire remains under investigation now. Pueblo Fire Department says dogs will be brought in the help with the case.