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Fires destroy homes in Long County

One ruled arson

POSTED: March 9, 2018 6:35 p.m.
Lewis Levine/

A propane tank ignited behind the home that burned Friday afternoon, keeping firefighters at bay while the home burned.

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Officials are investigating two home fires in Long County in as many days and one of them has already been labeled arson.
The first occurred Thursday morning in the 1800 block of Frasier Harris Road. The second occurred Friday afternoon in the 900 block of Moody Road Friday
Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles said Thursday’s fire was in intentionally set around 3:30 a.m., which the occupants were home asleep. He said the home’s owners, Richard and Shelly Worthy, were able to escape the fire with only minor from escaping through windows.
The sheriff’s office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating the fire.
Nobles said evidence at the home led investigators to determine the fire was arson. He would not say what the evidence was. A $10,000 reward from the state fire marshal’s office is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set the fire.
Nobles said the home was declared a total loss and the Worthys had no insurance.
The Friday fire, called out firefighters shortly after 3:30 p.m, according to Long County Fire Department incident commander Ray Purcell.
Purcell said Long County Volunteer Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the scene. He said when firefighters arrived, the double-wide mobile home was engulfed in flames.
An 150-pound propane tank hindered the firefighters response to the fire as it shot flames into the air. Purcell said firefighters were held back for safety as the tank emptied.
The residents were able to escape without injury however a 10-week-old puppy was killed. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Anyone with information on either fire is asked to call either the Long County Sheriff’s Office at 912-545-2118 or GBI at 912-729-6198.

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