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Officials: Car fire may be arson

POSTED: November 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said his office will be investigating a fire in South Hall County they believe may have been started intentionally.

A parked 2007 Dodge Magnum caught fire early Tuesday morning, and a witness claims seeing someone flee the scene.

"He saw someone running from the vehicle but was unable to get a description," Cagle said. "I don’t think it was an accidental fire."

Cagle said a call came in at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday of a fire at 5110 Audubon Drive.

"The call came in as a house fire, but actually when the firefighters arrived it was just a car fire that was approximately 20 feet from the residence," Cagle said.

The owner of the vehicle, a male in his late 30s, is in stable condition in the burn unit of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Cagle said he was flown by helicopter to receive treatment for second- degree burns on his upper torso. The man likely ran out of the house to extinguish the flames and was burned in the process, but the cause of his burns is still unknown.

Anyone with information connected to the fire can call the fire marshal’s office at 770-531-6838.



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