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Abduction suspect's house burns down, State Fire Marshal's office investigating

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The remains of Zachary Dunn's home The remains of Zachary Dunn's home
Police tape hanging from the damaged home of Zachary Dunn Police tape hanging from the damaged home of Zachary Dunn
Rubble at the site of Zachary Dunn's home in Scioto Township Rubble at the site of Zachary Dunn's home in Scioto Township

A fire over the weekend destroyed the house where a man accused of child abduction lived.

The blaze happened at a home along Route 776 in Jackson County, Ohio, according to Michael Duchesne, with the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office.

Randy Heath, the mayor of Jackson, confirmed that Zachary Dunn lived at the house, which is actually located in Scioto Township.

Dunn is accused of abducting 6-year-old Macey Stewart on July 26. The girl disappeared from her porch in Jackson, Ohio, and was found more than 13 hours later, naked and bruised. Strangers found her in their yard in Liberty Township, nearly six miles away from where she vanished.

Police arrested Dunn at the house in the 6300-block of Route 776 on the evening of July 26—more than 16 hours after Macey disappeared.

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Duchesne would not say whether the fire was suspicious.

The fire started in the kitchen and decimated much of the structure, according to Heath.

Neighbors said Dunn and his girlfriend rented the house for about a year. Some said it could be too soon to rule the fire "suspicious." Mandy Campbell said the house where he lived was very old.

"It was kinda funny," said Mandy Campbell, commenting on the timing of the fire. "But my biggest my fear is that I hope they get the evidence they needed from him."

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Dunn also lived with his girlfriend's three young children, according to Campbell. Several toys survived the blaze and were visible from the ruins.

Campbell said she wouldn't characterize the couple as "bad neighbors," but she remembered a moment that changed her perception of Dunn. According to Campbell, Dunn fought another man in the street near Campbell's house.

But nothing could prepare Campbell for what happened several months later: Dunn's arrest in connection with Macey's disappearance.

"It literally sent chills down my spine when I heard that," Campbell said.

The grand jury will hear Dunn's case in the upcoming weeks.

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In the meantime, Heath said many people in Jackson share the same sentiment.

"I think everyone in the community of Jackson knows justice is taking place and they want to see justice done however that might be," Heath said."

Duchesne asks anyone with information to please call the State Fire Marshal's Office at 1-800-589-2728.

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