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House fire under investigation

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By Alice Du Pont

A house fire of undetermined cause nearly destroyed a home on East Jefferson Street a few blocks from Quincy's central business district early this afternoon.

Fire Chief Howard Smith said the fire started around 1 p.m. and that no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. Also, utilities to the structure had been disconnected.

Homeowner Casey Washington said the house was filled with items that he planned to take to the flea market in Tallahassee. His plan, he said, was to sell the items in the house to raise money to remodel the house.

A fire unit was left on the scene until the state fire marshal arrived to determine the origin of the fire and to conduct an arson investigation.

Smith said no estimate of the damage will be available for 24 hours.