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Officials believe arson the cause of vacant house fire

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RINCON, GA (WTOC) -

An arson investigation is underway in Effingham County.

An abandoned home in the 2000 block of Hodgeville Road caught fire overnight, destroying the right side of the home.

When Effingham County Fire crews arrived at the scene the home was fully involved. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and say they found the fire to be very suspicious. The home was vacant so there was no power to the structure.

Officials say they do believe this is a case of arson and they are actively searching for the suspect or suspects responsible.

"The preliminary results indicate that the fire was probably arson, so we're holding down the crime scene tonight and have called the state fire marshal, which will be out later today, and he'll be taking a look at it. We don't have many leads at this time; however, this did just happen a little while ago," said ECSO spokesman, David Ehsanipoor.

The fire is out and crews will remain on the scene overnight to monitor hot spots, which firefighters have already had to put out several.

Hodgeville Road had to be closed for about two and a half hours, but the road is back open.

The state fire investigator will be out to inspect the home Thursday morning and will hopefully be able to determine a cause.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

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