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Fire Determined to Be Arson

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

Fire investigators say an early Wednesday morning fire is arson, arresting a man they say used to live at the apartment he's accused of setting fire to. They've charged 24-year-old Kevin Walsh. The fire sparked around 2:30 Wednesday morning outside of the apartment, eventually spreading inside.

A Savannah Sound resident, who didn't want to be identified, said, "I cannot believe somebody would do such a thing. A lot of kids live in this neighborhood, and we think it's a very quiet neighborhood and I hope it doesn't happen again."

Ten-year-old Byron Spille lives next door and watched as fighters fought the blaze.

"If I saw that person, I don't know what I would do. I'd just cry because that would be pretty upsetting just to see somebody do that."

Fire investigators estimate the damage at about $200,000. Contractors on the scene Wednesday night said the building can be salvaged. The Red Cross has stepped in to help the families displaced by the fire, and neighbors tell WCTV at least a couple of them are staying with family in Tallahassee.

Investigators were able to eliminate accidental ignition sources. As far as what was used to start the fire, they cannot release that information at this point in the investigation.


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