Arson suspected in Glendale house fire

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Determined to know who burned down the home he was constructing, a Glendale man has put up signs across his future neighborhood offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.

On the morning of Saturday July 5, fire crews from Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix responded to a massive blaze on West Tonopah Drive in the Arrowhead Legends neighborhood.

According to Glendale fire officials, witnesses saw a car with four teenagers inside pull up to the home and two teens jumped out. Those witnesses then saw the teens run out of the home followed by a loud boom and the car drove away.

"The fireman on the scene said some joggers heard a loud boom, looked here, saw two kids get into a red car and bolt," homeowner and builder Mark Vandever said.

Vandever is a licensed chiropractor and he wasn't just having the home built, he was building it himself.

"I did all the plumbing. Gonna do all the wiring," Vandever said. "Nice neighborhood. We didn't expect this."

Glendale Fire officials tell CBS5 the Glendale Police Department is also involved in the investigation and teenagers seen in the neighborhood fit the description of the suspects.

Flyers have now gone up all over the Arrowhead Legends neighborhood offering a reward of $2,500 for whomever can help Vandever find out who destroyed three months of work in less than three hours.

"You shouldn't be able to burn someone's house down and walk away," Vandever said. "If someone burned your house down, wouldn't you want to know who did it and why?"

A fire investigator told Vandever that only about 20 percent of arson cases get solved.

The burned out shell of the home is scheduled to be torn down next week. A structural engineer has to examine the foundation. If the foundation doesn't need replacing, Vandever and his family of four could rebuild and move in by October.

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