Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons says a mobile home off Dublin Rd. caught fire around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters had the flames knocked down within minutes. According to Simmons, the fire was mainly contained to one side of the home, but did damage a kitchen area and an attached laundry room. He said the blaze also spread to the attic area above one of the bathrooms.
But Simmons noticed something on the outside of the home. He immediately had the area roped off with crime scene tape.
"The fire appeared to start on the exterior," he explained. "That's what led us to the suspicion, plus talking to some witnesses and other people. So we've got some other information and things we're looking at right now."
The Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office arrived on scene close to 1 p.m. A few hours later, they officially ruled the house fire as arson. Investigators aren't saying what they found outside the home that made it suspicious.
Investigators also went door to door questioning any eyewitnesses and neighbors.
The folks that lived in the home are being helped out by the American Red Cross.