Macon-Bibb firefighters only had to look at the gas can in the window of a burning house to realize Wednesday morning’s fire was deliberately set.
Firefighters were called to 2729 Suwanee Ave. at about 5:15 a.m. after a neighbor headed to work noticed smoke coming from the brick house a few blocks off Pio Nono Avenue.
“Obvious signs of arson,” said Macon-Bibb fire investigator Steven Wesson said after inspecting the house.
Black trails on the floor and dark holes in the living room carpet show where gasoline-fueled flames burned briefly before going out on their own due to lack of oxygen, Wesson said.
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The smell of burned fuel still hung in the drizzly air two hours after the fire. Melted blinds clung to the sill of a broken back window of the house that was partially boarded up but still had furniture inside.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Wesson at 751-9256 or 751-2700 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
Anonymous tips could pay up to a $10,000 reward from the Georgia Arson Control Hotline, 800-282-5804.