By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — A house fire at 511 East Third Avenue on May 24 has been determined to be “suspicious in nature.”
The structure fire was called in at about 10:04 p.m. that Saturday evening.
Colfax Fire Chief Don Logslett was out of town for Memorial Day weekend, so Assistant Fire Chief Dean Logslett was in charge of the firefighting operation.
The Colfax Fire Department called for mutual aid from the Sand Creek Fire Department, and the fire was pretty much contained by around 1:30 a.m., Dean Logslett said.
Personnel from the fire department remained on the scene, however, until noon the next day until a state investigator arrived, Logslett said.
The house was occupied by Katie Bundy and her children, although no one was reported to be at home at the time of the fire.
The residence at 511 East Third Avenue is owned by Dean Ferry.
According to a report provided to the Colfax Village Board by Colfax Police Chief William J. Anderson, “due to information received, arson investigators from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department responded as well as the state fire marshal.”
Police Chief Anderson’s report goes on to say, “it was determined that the fire was suspicious in nature and there is currently still an open investigation into this matter. There are suspect(s) that have been questioned and evidence has been sent to the state crime lab.”
The report notes that the insurance company for the residence and the arson investigators have concluded their on-scene investigations and have released the house.
The owner of the residence was notified on June 3 that clean-up of the property could begin, the report concludes.
As of June 10, Police Chief Anderson said he had not yet received any additional information about the status of the investigation.
According to online court records, Bundy has been charged in Dunn County in connection with incidents in May of 2013 and in March of this year with two felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of methamphetamine; four counts of felony bail jumping; two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana; and one misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
In Chippewa County, Bundy is charged in connection with an incident that occurred in March of this year with five felonies: obtaining a controlled substance by fraud; misappropriating identification to obtain money; forgery; cashing a forged check; and bail jumping.
Bundy’s next court appearance in Dunn County is scheduled for July 29.