-- Quitman, Ga. -- May 4, 2012 --
77-year old Corina Howard was awoken by her son around 8AM on Tuesday, May first. They left their home to find that the house next door was engulfed in flames. The house, owned by Willie James Golden, was vacant at the time. Leading Corina and now the police to suspect arson. Setting fire as a form of retaliation.
Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates asked Corina if she was close to death. Corina said "right at the point of death."
Eames went on to ask Captain Calvin Troy of the Quitman Police Department about the retaliation in order to understand why the house was burned.
Eames said "so basically the owners kin took something from someone else and now that person.."
Captain troy said "exactly! The other person that was the victim of the theft paid somebody to set this house on fire because they knew that the owners kin people hang out at this house all the time."
The Quitman Police department is also working with state fire marshals. They say that the suspect entered the home, lit a nearby couch on fire and then fled the scene.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Corina Howard says she is "happy to be alive."