Suspicious house fire under investigation in Macon

Macon-Bibb County firefighters battled a suspicious blaze Friday morning in a vacant house at 3284 Sharl St.

By the time crews arrived, the house was already fully involved about a block off Houston Avenue, said Capt. Tom Musselwhite, a Macon-Bibb County fire investigator.

“There’s heavy fire damage,” Musselwhite said. “It was pretty deep-seated when (firefighters) got here.”

Michelle Johnson said she moved out a couple of weeks ago and the power was shut off then.

“I just don’t understand how this could happen because, without the power being on, there ain’t no way that house could have caught on fire,” Johnson said. “Ain’t no way. It’s impossible.”

Johnson said she still had some belongings in the house, which she left locked. She checked on it regularly, she said.

She lost some dining room chairs, two televisions and her son’s clothing in the fire.

Fire investigator Ben Gleaton tacked up posters for Georgia’s Arson Hotline on the front of the burned-out wood-frame house.

Anyone with information should call the hot line at (800) 282-5804 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68CRIME.