2 houses, vehicles burned in suspicious fire

July 10, 2014 • Local News

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Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that caused substantial damage early [auth] Wednesday to two houses in the 1600 block of South Stanton Avenue. The fire started in a vehicle parked at one of the houses.

By Timothy P. Howsare
Record Editor

The Roswell police and fire departments are investigating a suspicious fire that burned two neighboring houses and four vehicles early Wednesday in the 1600 block of South Stanton Avenue.

Roswell Fire Chief Chad Hamill said the fire spread quickly and was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene around 1:25 a.m.

“It is definitely suspicious,” he said. “The arson task force is looking into it as a suspicious fire.”

Hamill said the fire started in a vehicle outside of one of the residences and then spread to another vehicle. Once the second vehicle was on fire, one of the houses caught fire and then the fire spread to the house next door, he said.
“There was significant damage to both houses,” he said.

Among the four vehicles burned was a motorcycle, he added.

Authorities are investigating more than a dozen suspicious car fires that have occurred in Roswell so far this year. Several of those fires were set in driveways, according to the RFD Facebook page.

Detectives from the RPD and RFD are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in what they are calling an arson case.

If anyone has information on the fire, call the RPD at 575-624-6770.

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