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Officials Investigate an Alleged Arson

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In one sense, the Corinth community is charred, but in another, residence say they're growing closer than ever.

Shane Grant said he has only lived in the area for about six months but that everyone else has been there their whole lives.

He said strange occurrences have taken place over the past several months, but after last night, residents say they've had enough.

"We were out playing pool on the pool table and got a phone call that somebody had set a hay bell on fire," Grant said.

On the way to check that out, they saw a red glow down the street...an abandoned house was up in flames.

About 15 minutes later....another phone call....another house on fire.

"It's something that seems set up," Grant said. "It was somebody that had planned all this because in the area that it was done."

All three pieces of property are within a mile from each other.

No one lived in either house, but at least one of them had valuables inside.

Speaking for other residents, Grant is asking for answers.

"I don't know if they're trying to get attention or trying to scare people in the community, which that's what I think it is, trying to put people in fear, and it's got to the point where people in the community are fed up with it," Grant said.

He said he's afraid of what could happen next.

"Before long, even though there wasn't anybody in these places, what's going to happen when something is set on fire and somebody gets killed?" Grant asked.  "That's what it's coming to."

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Sargent said his department is investigating the incident, but he refused to comment on camera.

Grant said he has this message for the person or people behind the fires:

"You're going to get caught," he said.  "That's just the bottom line. It's just going to happen whether it be from law enforcement or from somebody in the community."

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