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Arson confirmed in two-home Palmetto fire

A Jan. 18 fire involving two homes on Carlton Pointe Drive in Palmetto is under investigation after it was determined that the blaze was intentionally set. Both homes were unoccupied at the time.

Palmetto Fire Chief Henry Argo said the fire call came in at 4:50 p.m., with the first units responding four minutes later. Firefighters arriving at the scene found the homes at 667 and 669 Carlton Pointe Drive on fire.

“We found two homes well involved with fire impinging on the home at 671 Carlton Point Drive,” Argo said.

Argo said Palmetto firefighters, along with those from Fairburn, Chattahoochee Hill Country and Coweta County, were able to keep the fire from spreading. The home at 671 Carlton Pointe sustained only minor siding damage, Argo said.

Argo said the fire caused significant damage to the homes, adding that neither were occupied. One of the structures was an unoccupied rental unit while the other was a new home still up for sale.

Argo said the cause of the fire was determined to be arson and that investigators have identified persons of interest in the case. No arrests have been made in the active investigation, he said.

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