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State fire marshal investigating Somerset fire

Fire that heavily damaged a house at 620 Spring Street in Somerset Sunday is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office and police.

Somerset Fire Chief Travis Belisle said the call came in at about 9 p.m. "It was a fully involved house fire," he said.

Belisle said the fire is considered suspicious and that's why the state fire marshal was called in.

Additional details could not be released until the investigation is completed, he said.

"I think we'll wait and see what comes of the state fire marshal's investigation and go from there," he said.

Police Chief Doug Briggs said Tuesday morning that his officers are trying to track down who the occupants of the rental house were. He said they have not been seen since the fire, which is one reason why the fire is being considered suspicious, he said.

"We can't find them and they haven't come forward," Briggs said.

He said the fire marshal is evaluating physical evidence found at the scene.

Briggs said his office is working with the U.S. Border Patrol trying to track down the renters because the occupants of the house used Immigration and Naturalization cards as identification when they rented the house.

The house, a rental property, is "pretty damaged," Belisle said, but it's still standing. The blaze was confined to the interior. Somerset firefighters were assisted in fighting the fire by the St. Joseph's Fire Department. Lakeview EMS out of Stillwater also was on the scene.

Police are attempting to locate Delia Arellanes Payan, 30, a female Hispanic who is 5 feet, 4 inches tall. She has brown hair and eyes. She may be driving a green 1994 Plymouth Voyager van with Minnesota license plates of RKK-260. If located, police ask that residents check her welfare and call police at 715-247-3319 or 247-6131.