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Middletown house fire suspected to be arson

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Authorities are calling an early morning fire in Middletown ‘suspicious.'

Firefighters responded to a home in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Avenue and initially believed that a mother and two children were inside, according to crews on the scene. They later learned the residents had left Monday night to stay with family after someone reportedly harassed them earlier in the day.

The homeowner reportedly told authorities what she referred to as "neighborhood punks" had recently threatened to burn down the house. Officials on scene told FOX19's Dan Wells that they're now investigating the fire as possible arson.

It took 22 firefighters about 20 minters to control the blaze. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but is expected to recover. The home is believed to be a total loss. 

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