Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT - A house fire at 7195 Rapids Road earlier this week is being investigated by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau.
The fire was spotted about 10 p.m. Tuesday and was extinguished by Rapids Volunteer Fire crews with assistance from the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Co.
According to Rapids Fire Chief Barry Kobrin, the home was vacant and was being renovated by the homeowner.
Korbin told a sheriff's deputy that the fire seemed suspicious because his crews found "isolated fire on all three floors and up the stairs."
After the fire was put out, Niagara County Cause & Origin responded to the scene.
The homeowner, a Moyer Road resident, was found at the scene. He told the sheriff's deputy that he'd purchased the home at the beginning of the month, was the only person working on the house and was the only one with keys to the property.
The doors of the house were locked at the time of the fire, according to the sheriff's office.
The owner said no contractors had been inside the structure yet, and that he'd just hired a roofing company. The power had not been turned on at the property, the owner added.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau was called in to investigate early Wednesday.