According to Benton County Deputies, and Benton County Fire District crews, the home was burned to the ground.

A person of interest is reportedly being sought by Benton County Deputies after a house fire burned through an unoccupied building.

Around 9PM Wednesday night, Deputies and Fire crews responded to the blaze on North Schumcher PR Road near Benton City.

Authorities didn't say who called it in, but when they arrived the home was completely engulfed in flames.

Fortunately, no one was inside as it was learned the home is unoccupied. For that reason, and because a person of interest was reportedly seen in the area just before the fire began, Officials are calling it "suspicious" but did not use the word arson.

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Some unconfirmed reports, however, claim there were people living there, but that has not been addressed by authorities. They do know no one was home at the time of the fire.

Benton City Fire (BCSO)

The investigation has begun, no other information was released.

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