LUDLOW — The state fire marshal's office was unable to determine the cause of a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a vacant home in Ludlow.
A dozen firefighters from the Ludlow Fire Protection District responded about 1:15 a.m. to a report of a house fire at 325 E. Ludlow St. The single-story residence was "totally engulfed" when they arrived, said Fire Chief David Ingleman.
"Basically, it was a total loss," Ingleman said.
An investigator for the state fire marshal's office visited the scene Thursday but was unable to determine the cause and origin of the fire because of the extent of the damage to the home; however, the investigation remains open, said Milly Santiago, spokesman for the fire marshal's office.
No one was living in the home, Ingleman said.
A passerby on U.S. 45 had noticed the fire and "knocked on a neighbor's door and had them call it into 911," Ingleman said.
Firefighters remained on scene until about 4:30 a.m.