Authorities scrutinize fire-ravaged house

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Friday, May 28, 2010
— The Wisconsin Fire Marshal’s Office joined Janesville police and fire investigators Thursday after a high-priced home burned overnight.

Janesville police Detective Mark Johnson said the investigation was in very early stages Thursday. He didn’t expect to be able to release any information until later today.

Johnson said the state was brought in because of the substantial loss.

“They have a lot more expertise in a large fire like this,” Johnson said.

The house at 730 Cambridge Drive, located near the Janesville Country Club, was listed by First Weber Realty at $389,900.

“The furniture was still in there, but they hadn’t actually lived in the house for some period of time, and I don’t know what that period of time is,” Johnson said.

Matt Bonson of First Weber said he has listed the house for a few months. The owner’s children would stay in the house from time to time, he said.

A fire department report lists the owner as Sadet Islami.

The owners recently re-finished the lower level, added landscaping and made other minor changes to make the home more saleable, Bonson said. They also dropped the asking price.

The fire was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the fire department. Crews arrived to find the house engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.

Last updated: 1:44 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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