Arson suspected in east Macon house fire

A vacant house erupted in flames at about 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Trinity Place off Emery Highway in Macon.

A witness reported seeing three young people, possibly juveniles, leaving the house at 896 Trinity Place just before smoke appeared, said District Chief J.R. Malcom of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze but the small wood-frame house sustained major damage in what’s believed to be a case of arson, Malcom said.

He urged property owners to secure vacant structures and remove contents such as old newspapers and furniture that could feed flames in the event of a fire.

Malcom said there was no evidence to suggest someone was trying to warm themselves in the empty house.

The Macon Police Department is investigating the suspicious blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.