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Cold vagrants blamed for fire loss

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Firefighters ask you to watch for vagrants going into vacant homes and buildings in your neighborhood, saying they are a great fire hazard during these extremely cold nights.

Vagrants are being blamed for setting this fire just before 2:00AM that destroyed a home in the 600 block of West First Avenue.

Fire Investigators say several people had moved into this vacant house, which still had the gas and water service turned on, and they were fortunate no one was hurt in the blaze.

"It appears some vagrants had set up house in the building, and were using the heater in the building to stay warm.  And it caught bed linen on fire.  That's what started the fire," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

The home was gutted by fire, and the loss is estimated at $30,000.  With temperatures forecast in the teens again,  firefighters say vagrants will be looking for shelter to stay warm, and that means fire danger from them lighting fires in vacant buildings. 

They ask if you see people in vacant homes, call 911.

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