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Investigators: Hodgeville Road house fire result of arson

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An overnight house fire completely destroyed a home on Hodgeville Road in Rincon. An overnight house fire completely destroyed a home on Hodgeville Road in Rincon.
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The State Fire Marshal's Office is sifting through the burned remains of a house in Effingham County. It was one of two overnight fires: one in Clyo and the other on Hodgeville Road in Rincon.

Investigators are looking closely at every aspect of the fire, trying to be as thorough as possible. According to investigators, they have determined the house fire on Hodgeville Road was a product of arson. They are currently collecting samples to test.

Before arriving to the Hodgeville Road fire, investigators went to Clyo, off of Hwy. 119, to attend to a mobile home that was nearly leveled by an overnight fire.

They said no one had lived in the trailer for nearly a year and no electricity was hooked up. The State Fire Marshal's Office said the fire appears to be suspicious.

Investigators then went to Rincon to investigate the fire in a home on Hodgeville Road. The call for that fire came in late Wednesday night, just before midnight, and shut the road down for nearly two hours.

After a thorough investigation, investigators determined the house was vacant and had no electricity. The State Fire Marshal then ruled the fire a result of arson.

"Now we will be waiting for a determination from him and the State Fire Marshal's office before any further action is taken, and he'll be working in conjunction with the county sheriff's office," said Effingham County Fire Rescue Lt. Hannah Jenkins.

Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the Hodgeville Road arson, or any arson across Georgia.

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