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Fires were just a costly cover-up

Erica Baldwin Erica Baldwin
Pam King Pam King
AFD's Sam Harris AFD's Sam Harris

Two East Albany families are homeless, seeking help from the community, after their homes were torched to cover up burglaries.

Fire investigators say both the homes were intentionally set on fire, to try to cover up break ins....leaving both families with nothing.

Erica Baldwin and friends look over what's left of her Johnson Road mobile home.  Everything she and her three children own is gone.  "I came by here this morning. I seen everything was up in flames.  All my children's clothes gone..."

Fire Investigators say someone kicked in her front door about 9:30 Sunday night, stole a 52 Inch Samsung TV, and set a fire to cover up the burglary.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "Fire was set in the living room. The occupant was not home."

Baldwin said "I don't know what to do right now.  I got to find me some place else to go."

About 1:15 someone kicked in the front door of Pam King's Crescent Drive home, stole a 32 inch TV, and set two on the living room couch and one in a back bedroom.

King said "I just don't know who is so cruel." King, her son and her fiance lost everything in the arson fire, including her home. "Right now I don't have nowhere to live."

Fire Investigators say they are still trying to determine if the two fires are related, asking for the community's help to catch the arsonists before they hurt someone.

Harris said "They are a danger not only to themselves but to society, and we need to try and get these people off the streets."

Both Baldwin and King's families are seeking help from the American Red Cross, having to start over because of these crimes.

You can help both families by giving a monetary donation to the American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia. Their phone number is 436-4845.

Fire Investigators ask if you have any information about these two stolen TV's or arson fires, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS, and you can earn a reward.

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