Suspected Arson in Abbeville

By: Kassi Shelley Email
By: Kassi Shelley Email

ABBEVILLE-- Early friday morning, caretaker and neighbor, Barbara Hogan heard a sound that startled her.

"Well it was a little after eight, probably eight-fifteen, eight-twenty, something like that. All of a sudden we heard this huge, loud explosion, something like I've never heard before." said Hogan.

That's when her elderly patient's son-in-law went to see what all the commotion was about.

"He said the house across the street is on fire. Charlotte grabbed the phone and dialed 911. I looked out and you could see the smoke and the house was up in flames, it was bad...really bad." said Hogan.

"The caller informed us that she had heard an explosion, they looked outside and saw the house directly across the street was involved in flames and they notified 911 and we responded with the Screamer Fire Department and the Abbeville Fire Department." said Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy, Keith Cauthen.

Here's where officials became suspicious.

"The owner lives in Florida and has not been here in a while from reports from the neighbors we've talked to." said Cauthen.

"Investigators say that it is still under investigation, but they believe that arson could be involved."

"At this time we feel that it's an arson. There was no power hooked to the house. There were no gas lines that were hooked up. It is a suspicious fire and we're going to investigate it as such." said Cauthen.

No one was hurt at the scene, but officials say they will continue to investigate the fire.

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