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Arson now suspected in several fires at Smyrna apartments

6:50 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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  • Arson is suspected in several fires at Smyrna's Wyndcliff Galleria apartments
  • Federal and local arson investigators at Smyrna's Wyndcliff Galleria apartments
  • Gutted building at Smyrna's Wyndcliff Galleria apartments
  • Displaced residents from suspicious fire at Smyrna's Wyndcliff Galleria apartments
  • Displaced residents from suspicious fire at Smyrna's Wyndcliff Galleria apartments
    

SMYRNA, GA -- "People are homeless, people are hungry and people work too hard to be in this predicament," Makeeda Davis told 11 Alive news as she tried to salvage her belongings from a burned out apartment.

Davis was just one of several residents who woke to cries of "fire" just before 2 am Friday at a Smyrna apartment complex

No one was injured, but one building was gutted and a second heavily damaged.

Investigators now believe it was deliberately set and said it wasn't the first suspicious fire to hit the Wyndcliff Galleria complex recently.

"The fire we're on now, there was only one fire; previous date there was another fire in a separate building in the complex," Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon said earlier in the day.

Smyrna fire fighters managed to contain a Wednesday night blaze in another building, but needed help from Cobb County for Friday morning's fire.

In addition to those two suspicious fires, investigators believe someone purposefully burned down two mail box kiosks about a month ago, which have yet to be replaced.

As a federal ATF agent joined Smyrna and Cobb County arson investigators, many who live in the complex are nervous and angry.

"We are supposed to be safe; we pay our money to be safe, so if we're not safe, they why are we even living here?" asked resident Makeeda Davis.

"It's really troublesome there have been suspicious fires," resident Leon Williams told 11 Alive.

"Recently management company has changed and some changes have taken place," he added.

The complex's new management declined an interview except to say they're adding extra security and helping those affected by the fire to find another place to stay.

 

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