|By Liz Fabian, The Macon Telegraph|
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No utilities were running to the unoccupied structures, and Arson Investigator Sgt.
Several fire crews fought the flames and one fire engine company stayed to guard against flare-ups.
A two-story building, which houses units 1405 to 1408, was gutted in the center section from the bottom crawl space through the attic of the cluster of apartments beside the lake.
A separate building next to it had melted siding hanging down in the stairwell, but firefighters beat back the flames before they could do much damage inside, Gleaton said.
After sunrise, Gleaton returned to the scene to gather more evidence to build a case against whoever set fire to the building.
Proving arson can be a daunting task unless people come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to call
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
"Arson is a difficult crime to prosecute," Hudgens stated in a news release. "In many cases, investigators rely on evidence provided by witnesses to convict an arsonist."
The week's observance will focus on vehicle arsons, which account for 26.5 percent of annual arsons reported across the country.
In 2013, a total of 5,680 vehicle fires were reported in
While most of the investigations are conducted by local firefighters, the state fire investigation unit handled 37 vehicle arsons resulting in more than
Gleaton said 70 percent of the vehicle fires were suspicious and likely arson, but can be nearly impossible to prove.
"Everything you look for, ignitable liquids, are in a vehicle," he said. "Unless I can actually, definitively say this is a set fire, I can't call it an arson."
Deliberately set fires not only endanger firefighters, but result in higher insurance premiums for customers through no fault of their own.
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