Cause of Lakeview barn fire remains a mystery

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:35 am on Thursday, December 15, 2011

A century-old Lakeview barn fire’s cause remains unknown more than three weeks later. The barn was located behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

LAKEVIEW — A Lakeview barn fire’s origin remains unknown more than three weeks after the blaze.

A century-old barn burned to the ground the night of Nov. 22 behind the home of Robert and Ayla Noah at 9648 N. Satterlee Road just north of M-46.

The Noahs told firefighters and police they believed they were victims of arson. They said an acquaintance owes them money, refuses to pay and has threatened them.

Lakeview Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr said he didn’t find any clear evidence of arson. Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper George Haw interviewed the alleged suspect, but the man has a good alibi and is no longer considered a suspect.

“The cause of the fire is undetermined, whether it was arson or just something else,” Haw said.

The Lakeview District Fire Department and Maple Valley Fire Department responded to the scene at about 8:45 p.m. Nov. 22. Carr, who lives about a mile and a half from the scene, said the barn was fully involved before the call went out.

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