Two fires that occurred Sunday at the same location are being investigated as arson.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Jimmy Eaton reported at 12:27 p.m. that he responded to property damage at a residence located in the 1300 block of Daniel Lane.
He said upon arrival, he spoke with the homeowner who showed him the south side of the residence that had been damaged. The outer portion of a double-pane window had been broken and the vinyl skirting had been set on fire and burned. The heat also caused some of the vinyl siding to melt in a couple of places.
The homeowner said he was gone from about 5:30 p.m. Saturday until midnight. When he returned home, he smelled gasoline but didn’t think too much of it. He didn’t notice the damage until someone called him and told him about it Sunday. He said he had no idea who could have done this.
In a similar incident report, officer Jacob Johnson reported later that night at 10:33 p.m. that he was sent to the same residence on Daniel Lane in reference to a fire. Upon arrival, another officer put out the fire with his department issued fire extinguisher.
Johnson said the house was then cleared by him and two other officers. The person who reported the incident told police that her neighbor knocked on her door and told her about the fire and she called 911. She said she didn’t see anyone nor anything.
Johnson said the neighbor who alerted the woman was not on the scene when he arrived. He said there was a strong scent of gasoline around the residence and signs of arson. A detective was contacted and the scene was turned over to him.
A witness reported that he saw a newer model black or dark gray Nissan Altima leaving the scene quickly shortly after the fire started. Another witness said he saw a gold or tan Impala drive to the end of the street, turn around and then stop in front of the residence. Two black males in all black got out, walked into the yard of the residence and then got back into the vehicle.
The witness said he then saw flames coming from the residence. He said the gold or tan Impala and a dark gray newer model Nissan Altima then sped off. He noted that around 1 a.m. March 6, he saw three subjects at the residence.
Fire Chief Mike Coleman with the Tifton-Tift County Fire Department said this case, which has been determined to be arson, is still under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.