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Woodstock fire deemed ‘suspicious’

WOODSTOCK – Police are calling a small fire that sent a man to the hospital “suspicious.”

Crews responded to a multi-unit residence at 1:38 p.m. at 354 S. Tryon St. for a fire that started in the hallway.

The unidentified man was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock and listed in serious condition, Woodstock Fire Rescue Capt. Brendan Parker said.

Because of the timing and location of the blaze, investigators are looking into its cause.

“It happened in the middle of the day and in a hallway,” Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said. “There were no electrical outlets there or any reason why it could have started.”

Police are questioning neighbors and residents; charges could be pending.

The fire caused about $1,000 in damage and was contained to the hallway where it originated. Fire crews contained the fire in a matter of minutes, and they were on the scene for about two hours.

– Chelsea McDougall

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