Houston County fire: ‘No malicious intent’ behind fires

East Macon apartments on fire

bpurser@macon.comMarch 9, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A joint investigation by the Houston County Fire Department and Houston County Sheriff’s Office found “no malicious intent” behind two fires Sunday afternoon on Amelia Drive, a fire department news release stated.

The fires were at 114 and 124 Amelia Drive.

Houston County Fire Chief Jimmy Williams said the investigation determined that the fires were caused by juveniles playing with lighters.

Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Randall Banks, head of the juvenile division, said the fires were believed to be accidental and no charges are expected.

A Wednesday news release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office stated the 124 Amelia Drive fire started in the garage. The home was destroyed. No one was injured. Another small fire that was discovered at 114 Amelia Drive, which was vacant and under construction, was intentionally set, the release stated.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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