AFD wants to know who burned Thornton house

AFD wants to know who burned Thornton house
Investigator Sam Harris
Investigator Sam Harris

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Fire Department is asking for help to find out who deliberately set three buildings on fire at 4:00 Wednesday morning.

The fires were set inside a home on Thornton Drive, as well as in the garage and a barn. They caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Renovations were underway from a fire at the home back on March 18th, when someone burned it again early this morning.

"We found the main house completely engulfed in flames. And an out building completely engulfed. We later found where a third fire had been attempted," said Arson Investigator Sam Harris.

The rear of the home in the 100 block of Thornton Drive was destroyed, and a barn behind the house was also a total loss. Firefighters say the fires were intentionally set on the floors. You can see where the third fire was set in a large garage building.

"See the remnants of a, like shirt, there," Harris said. But that third fire went out before doing much damage.

This house also burned March 18th. Investigators don't think that fire was arson, but they are checking to see if they are related. "No the first fire was an accidental electrical fire, and this was an intentional fire. We are looking at all avenues," Harris said.

No one was living in the home during renovations, and the owner is an investor in Atlanta. But fire investigators are determined to find who set this fire, saying it's not a victimless crime.

"But what they don't realize is, is when they have these intentionally set fires, it causes all of our insurance rates to go up to pay for these crimes. And the victim then becomes you."

Investigators are questioning witnesses who were at the fire early this morning, as their investigation continues.

Albany Firefighters are asking if you have any information about this arson in East Albany this morning, to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

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