House fire

Greenwood firefighters finish up after putting out fires to a house and car early Tuesday morning at 217 Oak St. The city’s fire marshal said he believes arson may have been the cause for these fires as well as one that occurred three days earlier at a house about three blocks away.

Early Tuesday morning, the fourth house fire in less than a week occurred in South Greenwood, and the city’s fire marshal believes it and one earlier blaze may have been intentionally set.

The Greenwood Fire Department responded to a call at 2 a.m. Tuesday reporting that the house at 217 Oak St. and a nearby vehicle were both on fire.

When firefighters arrived, the front porch attic was on fire. They extinguished it and a less serious fire to a 2013 Nissan Murano, which was parked in the driveway. Firefighters worked the scene for a little more than one hour.

The car belongs to one of the four persons who were in the house at the time of the fire. None of the four was injured.

“Having two separate areas of origin may indicate that (the fires) may have been intentionally set,” said Greenwood Fire Marshal Victor Stokes. He is working with the Police Department and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office on the investigation.

Stokes said investigators are also looking to see whether a fire at 411 Ave. G, which happened early Saturday morning, might also have been the work of an arsonist.

The two houses are located about three blocks apart. Both houses were occupied at the time of the fires, and both were reported at roughly the same time in the morning. Stokes said, however, that he had no evidence to show the fires were connected.

The other two recent house fires — one at 220 Ave. H and the other at 718 Ave. K — occurred on Thursday, but both are believed to have been accidental, according to Stokes.

The house at Avenue H was vacant, and the house at Avenue K was being rented but the renter was away from home when the fire apparently started, Stokes said.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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