QUITMAN — Police are still on the hunt for a suspect they believe was paid to burn a residence in the 900 block of South Warren Street.
Quitman Police responded at approximately 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, when a neighbor working in his garden reported fire coming from the abandoned house.
“State fire marshals said the suspect opened the door, lit a nearby couch on fire and fled the scene,” said Quitman Police Capt. Calvin Troy.
No injuries were reported but heat damage from the inferno was inflicted on both neighboring residences.
According to reports, the abandoned home was destroyed and vinyl siding on the two neighboring homes melted. Residents have been able to return to those two homes.
Troy said the investigation indicates that a person was paid to set the house on fire, which had been abandoned for more than two years.
“This kind of thing is uncommon in Quitman,” said Troy. “We ain’t going to put up with it and we ain’t going to lay this report down until we investigate the incident to the fullest.”
Citizens with additional information about the arson can contact Quitman Police Capt. Calvin Troy, (229) 263-7556.
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