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Posted: January 16, 2009 12:31 p.m.

Arson suspected in Wed. mobile home fire

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Investigators suspect a fire that consumed a single family mobile home in the northern tip of the county Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at 547 Ellington Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a passer-by, the structure was already fully engulfed in flames, said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

The fire was contained to the home and brought under control within about 30 minutes. There were no injuries in the process. No one had lived in the single-wide mobile home since mid-October and there was no power at the residence, said Smith.

"We have determined the fire was an intentionally started fire," Smith said.

The blaze appeared to have started in the living room, according to Smith. Investigators are currently speaking with a person of interest, he said, but no arrests have been made.

The homeowner's mother had lived there before recently passing away, and many personal items were still stored in the structure, which sat at the top of a small hill surrounded by woods. Garden items, stuffed animals, toys and charred books still sat scattered across the property Friday morning.

The total value of the home and its contents was valued at about $100,000, said Smith.

Anyone with information about the fire can call the arson hotline at (678) 625-5050, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.co.newton.ga.us. If you wish to have a reply from the Web site, a name and number need to be left in the message.

A reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons involved. For more information, call (800) 282-5804.


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