BALDWIN — Law enforcement suspects flames which destroyed an abandoned house on May 31 in Baldwin were caused by arson.

“Preliminary results would suggest the fire was arson,” said Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin.

The Webber Township Fire Department responded to the scene about 10 a.m. on Wednesday on the corner of Center and Sunset streets. Webber Township Fire Chief Aaron Summers called for Yates Township Fire Department for mutual aid and Pleasant Plains Township Fire Department for manpower.

Crews fought flames for six hours and were even called back to make sure the fire was completely out.

Summers said this was not the first time a fire was put out at the site.

“Less than a month ago, we responded to a call at the same address. During the first incident, something in the house caught on fire, and deputy Chad Hurrle was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.

“He was instrumental in saving the house the first time,” he said. “By the time we got the call this second time, the house was fully engulfed and the door was open. The house has no electricity or gas. It is an abandoned place. We assumed kids probably started the fire.”

The Michigan State Police were contacted to investigate the cause of the fire.