Fire officials: suspicious house fire in the south hills of Eugene

Fire officials: suspicious house fire in the south hills of Eugene

Eugene, Ore. -- A home in one of the newer developments of the Eugene south hills around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Officials said that a newspaper delivery person was driving by when he saw the fire and made the call. 

Both the Eugene Police and Fire Department were called out to the fire at 3539 Vista Heights Ln. near the intersection of Summit Sky Blvd just after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire officials said that the house was under construction, nearing the end of the framing phase.

The fire fully engulfed the rear of the structure, with flames through the roof, a spokesperson from the fire department told KVAL News.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the flames, but fire investigators remained at the scene for hours.

Fire officials said that it is being investigated as suspicious.

Battalion Fire Chief  Lance Lighty said that since there are no power sources or mechanicals inside the house so there was nothing that could have started the fire.

Officials spoke with the owner and builder of the home. He told investigators that this was the first house he has had go up in flames. 

This is a developing story. Updates can be found on this website or the KVAL News broadcasts at 5 & 6 p.m.