Anyone with information on the fire is encouraged to call the Missouri Arson Hotline at 1-800-39ARSON or the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal has determined the cause of a fire that destroyed a vacant Hope St. home to be incendiary following an investigation.

The investigation continues as to the exact cause of the fire. Anyone with information on the fire is encouraged to call the Missouri Arson Hotline at 1-800-39ARSON or the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987.

The Hannibal Fire Department responded before 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, with two engines, one ladder truck, and a command vehicle. Crews brought the fire under control in 45 minutes. The home was deemed a total loss. No one was living in the home at the time. A neighboring structure also sustained damage in the blaze.

Reportedly, no utilities were on at the residence.

Crews were on the scene until noon Thursday doing overhaul and investigation.