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Arson ruled out in Cedar Avenue blaze

A blaze that ripped through an abandoned building on Cedar Avenue in Hamilton is not being treated as suspicious.

Emergency services were called to Teucer House at around 1.15am yesterday after a passer-by raised the alarm. Firefighters tackled the flames for more than three hours before bringing it under control as area residents looked on.

The road was cordoned off to traffic until the fire was extinguished and throughout yesterday the property was under police guard and sealed off from members of the public.

The building used to be home to the Teen Services charity, although it is no longer in use and is understood to now be abandoned.

Police initially said they could not confirm if anyone was in the property until they had carried out a thorough search of the premises. A spokesman added that the cause of the fire was under investigation.

However, this morning emergency services sources confirmed that arson had been ruled out as a cause.

“The fire at Cedar Avenue is not being treated as suspicious,” the source said.

Blaze: Flames are seen billowing from the former Teen Services building on Cedar Avenue early on Thursday morning (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published October 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 18, 2013 at 11:59 pm)

Arson ruled out in Cedar Avenue blaze

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