HAMPTON — The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a Monday blaze at the Hampton home of Judge Stephen Carroll and his wife, Wendy Abrahamson.

But a spokesman said the initial investigation had yielded nothing to suggest the fire was deliberately set by someone upset with Carroll, which was speculated by some media.

The fire at at 1608 Terrace Blvd. was reported around 6:45 a.m. Monday, according to a story in the Hampton Chronicle.

“We found out about it Tuesday morning. We do have an agent that is looking into it. We were not called on it initially,” said Ronald Humphrey with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Humphrey said investigators want to make sure the fire is not related to Carroll’s position.

“That’s what we want to make sure that it’s not and if it is, we want to make sure we track it down since it is a public figure,” Humphrey said. “There’s always somebody mad at a judge for some reason.”

Carroll and Abrahamson were out of the country at the time of the fire. Carroll’s daughter Jennifer was watching the home.

She was not home when the fire started.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion before seeing flames and smoke coming from the house, the Chronicle reported.

Hampton Fire Chief Kent Wilkinson could not be reached for comment.

No cause has been determined, according to the fire marshal’s office.

— By Peggy Senzarino

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