Arson is believed to be the cause behind a fire that destroyed a home and damaged a second home in the Sunrise Beach area on Saturday. Around 1AM Saturday morning Sunrise Beach Fire was toned out to a house on Squirrel Drive off Montgomery Hill by a resident who saw the flames from across the lake. When they arrived, they found one of the houses fully involved and the other partially involved. Fire crews were able to put the fire out within 45 minuets keeping a 3rd house from being added to the list. Fire Chief Dennis Reilly says after everything was looked at, they believe it was intentionally set
Reilly says the state Fire Marshal will work with the fire department in finalizing the determinations and will work with the local police department in investigating if it is officially ruled as arson. At this time Sunrise Beach Fire does not have any leads or motives for the fire.