Police investigate third suspicious fire at HHI residence
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -
Another suspicious fire at a home on Hilton Head Island happened Tuesday.
"My gazebo is gone, where I used to watch television and listen to gospel music," said Joseph Miller.
It's been a rough couple of days for Miller. He lost his gazebo in an early morning fire on Monday. Then, this morning, part of his home went up in flames.
"I thought everything was over and then this morning, God woke me up at 5 a.m. and I looked to the window and the main house was on fire," said Miller. "My son Herbert and Benjamin tried to put it out with the water hose and the smoke was getting so bad I had to fight them off because they didn't want to see the house burn down."
This fire makes the third one at this residence in just a few months. It all started back in August when Miller's workshop was set on fire and destroyed.
Investigators say they believe all three fires were intentionally set but can't say if they are connected.
"We have no suspects at this time. Obviously these are intentionally set fires targeting their residence," said Sgt. Robin McIntosh. "We don't have motive why, we don't know where the fires are starting or how they're being started. Obviously suspicious in nature and we are going to continue to investigate."
"Everything I have worked for, now somebody takes it away," said Miller.
Investigators say the fire at the home started on the porch but they are still looking for a cause. Miller says he's not sure why someone would do this to him but he has his theories.
"I think it has to do with one of my sons and the company he keeps," said Miller.
But Miller says although he's lost a lot, he's keeping the faith.
"Everything I got I built it from scrap so I believe God will help me get it back," said Miller.
Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 1.800.92.ARSON.