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Vacant east Albany home catches fire, arson suspected

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – A vacant home caught fire Tuesday morning in east Albany.

Albany firefighters were called to a home at 118 Hunter Street just before 4am. They say the fire started on the front porch and spread to the attic and half of the house.

Investigators think they are dealing with an arson that was possibly ignited by vagrants.

Firefighters say the home has been vacant for a month. The homeowner, Mary Philmon now lives in a nursing home. Neighbors say they called Albany police two weekends in a row because they saw the front door open at the vacant home.

Firefighters were on scene for about two hours Tuesday morning. Arson investigators will be back later to do a full inspection.

This was the second suspected arson case AFD has worked in the past 24 hours.

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