Early morning house fire on Cannon Street labeled 'suspicious' (update: $25k reward for info)

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Update July 28, 2:40 p.m.: According to Live 5 News, authorities say they are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fires which fire officials say were started at the homes' porches.

Live 5 News has also posted a video of raw footage from the scene early this morning which we've re-posted above.

First reporting: Police are investigating what has been deemed a "suspicious" house fire that started just before 4:30 a.m. on Cannon Street, between Coming and Felix streets.

Cannon Street was still blocked off this morning around 7 a.m. while ATF, SLED, and local arson investigators continued to work the scene.

A fire that started on the first-floor front porch caused heavy damage to both the first- and second-floor porches as well areas inside the home. Interestingly enough, The Post and Courier reports that this is the second suspicious fire to hit the same house in eight months.

All residents, including a dog which had to be tossed down to safety from the second floor porch, made it out without being harmed. 

This marks the second fire in less than a month, the first taking place in a similar fashion at 245 and 247 Rutledge Avenue. Also, a blanket that had been set afire on the porch of 563 Rutledge Avenue caused fears of arson throughout the community - especially the Cannonborough neighborhood.

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