Fire that destroyed 5 Georgia homes, damaged 14 ruled arson
HIRAM, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say arson is to blame for a fire that destroyed five homes and damaged at least 14 others in a Georgia subdivision.
The blaze started at about 3 a.m. Sunday at a home in Hiram, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.
News outlets report the flames rapidly spread to neighboring houses.
Paulding County fire Lt. Steve Mapes said residents all fled safely and no one was seriously injured.
Glenn Allen, a spokesman for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, said investigators ruled an arsonist caused of the fire that began inside a home on Rosemont Court.
Allen said a person of interest was in custody but had not been charged. Mapes said the fire was difficult to fight because several homes were burning close together.
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