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Arsonists, one of the toughest criminals to catch

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ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

Albany Battalion Chief Mathew Jefferson,  they rely on the public to be a good witness. He says they are constantly in a dangerous situation they don't know what sort of things they will run into.

In the past, when called out to a fire set by an arsonist, there would be traps set up for them as soon as they enter the building or home. Broken bottles and shards of glass would be scattered along the door's path or find other obstacles put in their way to slow them down.

Jefferson says its a problem that has been in Albany for a while now, mainly due to the number of vacant homes. He says they have been working with the city and code enforcement to board them up or use them for firefighter training.

It was just last Friday when AFD was called to two home fires in East Albany, one on East Society and the other on East Tift, both were ruled as arson.

"That was a red flag cause we were there working, I think the whole time the individual was probably watching us as we were working on East Society," Jefferson said. "That house was boarded up but someone removed the boards."

Fire officials recommend to keep your eyes open and report suspicious activity to police and get a good description, it will give authorities a better chance of catching criminals.

 

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