Arson suspected in Geneva home fire

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GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Wednesday night, a two-bedroom home on North Powell Street in Geneva burned down, authorities believe it was arson.

It’s the third time within a month Geneva Volunteer Firefighters had to respond to a structure blaze in that neighborhood.

WDHN spoke to the latest victim and she says she is just thankful that no one was inside at the time of the blaze.

“Somebody feel to have that everything that they worked for is gone. It’s just gone,” home owner Patsy Phillips said.

On Wednesday night, Phillips was staying with family out of town. It was a good thing, because her North Powell Street home and vehicle were destroyed in a suspicious fire.

In the last month, three homes burned to the ground on two adjacent roads- Choctaw Street and North Powell Street.

“Somebody is burning them down,” family member Richard Messer said. “She saw somebody in her yard last night before the fire started. Somebody is doing it, they’re just not setting themselves on fire.”

At first, the arsonist burned abandoned structures, however on Wednesday night, the house was occupied. Fortunately, no one was inside at the time of the blaze.

“Property damage is bad enough,” Geneva Police Capt. Michael McDuffie said. “But now your taking the opportunity where someone can be injured and that brings it to a whole different level.”

Police and the state fire marshal office advise those who see suspicious activity or individuals, should contact local law enforcement.

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