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January 13, 2004

Albany -- A vacant mobile home in East Albany is destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. Neighbors say it has been used as a crack house and for prostitution in recent weeks.

 Firefighters found the home engulfed in flames when they arrived at the Georgia Mobile Home Estates on Cordele Road just before three Tuesday morning. The heat from the fire was so intense it melted the siding on the mobile home next door.

Witnesses told investigators that a party had been going on inside the home just before the fire was spotted. Firefighters say vacant homes used by vagrants are a fire hazard.

Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief James Carswell said "We do have quite a few a year, where somebody has actually taken up residence in a vacant house. Maybe not intentionally, but set the house on fire. It's usually trying to stay warm, or using a candle for lighting."

Investigators are still trying to determine who owns the mobile home.

posted at 1:57 PM by jimw@walb.com