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Man left homeless after East Society fire

Nature Malone talks to Johnny Williams Nature Malone talks to Johnny Williams
AFD's Sam Harris AFD's Sam Harris
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Flames ripped through the duplex in the 1300 block of East Society Avenue about 6:40 this morning.  It started on the A side. Johnny Williams lives on the B side, was awake, fixing his breakfast, when he saw the flames and ran for the door. 

Williams said "Oh, I wouldn't be here to tell you about it, right now.  I know this.  "It was just that quick."

Fire Investigators say the cause of the fire was definitely arson.  Set in the other side of the duplex, by people who should not have been in the vacant apartment.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "The fire was set in the living room on the floor.  While canvasing the neighborhood we found some people who had seen prostitution and illicit drug activity since the occupant had moved out last week."

Williams had just moved into his home last month, and the fire ruined everything he owns. "My clothes. I lost most everything. My furniture, yes."  Do you have anywhere to go?  "Not right now. I don't know where I'm going to go."

American Red Cross officials are assisting, saying this type of fire is the worst for victims. "It's very unexpected. It's traumatic. And so they look where ever they can get some help," Red Cross Disaster Specialist Nature Malone said.

While fire investigators try to find the persons who set this fire, Johnny Williams has to find a new home to start over again.

If you have any information about this arson fire, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. If you would like to help Williams, you can call the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross at 436-4845.

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