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Firefighters Believe New Home Fire Was Intentional

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by Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Dozens of homes are currently under construction, but just six-months after moving to the Franklin Meadows subdivision, Donald Evans, never thought he'd be dealing with so much repair work.

Evans said his dog "Lady" woke him, his wife and in-laws up early Sunday just in time to get out of their new home.

"It makes you nervous and you wonder if everything is secure like it should be," Evans said Monday.

The home right next door, lot 182, is still being built. Firefighters said it caught fire around 3 a.m. Sunday.

That was hours after the housewarming party at Alisha Brown's died down.

A house full of guests meant her mother, Amy Huelsman, chose to camp out on her backyard trampoline.

"I was facing the home and I heard the crackling noise and as soon as I woke up I looked over and the backside was in full flames," Huelsman said. "My very first concerned when I looked was are people trapped in that home?"

Pictures show how large the flames reached, destroying the new home and damaging the sides of Evans' and Brown's in the process. Despite all the damage no one was hurt.

"It was a big blast of heat," Brown said.

Investigators said the odd thing is the home wasn't only an empty construction site. It also had no utilities.

"No utilities, electrical or anything. No gas. No weather condition that would have caused that fire. No heat source at all. So it is a suspicious fire and we're going to look at it that way," said Clarksville Fire Marshall Ray Williams.

Neighbors said they're worried someone could have set the fire intentionally as they plan to make repairs on new homes, some of which they've only lived in for a few weeks.

"It is a little bit scary thinking that somebody would have any intent to hurt something or do something to somebody's house," Brown went on to say.

Williams told NewsChannel 5 the builder is out of town, but his insurance may have to cover the damage to all three homes.

Anyone with information about this should contact the Clarksville Fire Department (931) 645-7462.

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