Builder heads back to drawing board after second fire

A builder must go back to the drawing board again after a house under construction in Redding went up in flames for a second time.

The home at 81 Lonetown Rd. was going to be a nearly $2 million, 5,000-square foot house. However, now it is just a charred frame that has been built and burned twice. Builder Craig Lenahan says he can?t imagine why someone would want to burn down the house his company was building.

The first fire took place on Mother?s Day, sending the nearly completed house up in flames. Lenahan said he started rebuilding the home because he never thought another fire would take place. However, on Sunday morning, the house burned again.

Lenahan was under contract with a buyer, who has since backed out. Lenahan says his company is determined to complete the job. There is a reward being offered by Lenahan, the realtor and the state arson tip program for information about the fires.

The fire marshal has not made a determination about either fire. Both are still under investigation.

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