Houston authorities probe connection between 2 fires

bpurser@macon.comMarch 5, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Authorities are investigating whether a fire in a house under construction was related to another fire Sunday that destroyed a home on the same street.

The small fire in the vacant house under construction at 124 Amelia Drive was intentionally set, according to a news release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators discovered a small burned area inside the house, the release states.

The cause of the fire that destroyed the home at 114 Amelia Drive has not yet been determined. The case remains under investigation.

“We definitively have not tied the two together yet,” Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said.

He said a resident who saw smoke discovered a small fire inside the vacant home and put it out. That fire was discovered between 3 and 3:30 p.m., Holland said.

The other fire, in which a mother and two teenagers escaped without injury, was reported at 3:20 p.m., Houston County fire Deputy Chief Bill Smith said. Neighboring homes suffered fire and heat damage. Amelia Drive is located off U.S. 41.

Two “young males” were seen in the 100-block of Amelia Drive during the time of the fires, the release states. No other description was available.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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