Investigators say house fire may be case of arson


Caution tape and rubble now sit where Davin Woody's home used to be.

Around 3:30am Thursday, Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to a call, and found the house on SE 12th street completely engulfed in flames.

GFR believes the fire might be a case of arson. Chief Michael Cowart says, "The front windows of the home had blown across the street and landed in the neighbor's yard, some probably 50 feet away. Which led us to believe that there might be something else suspicious here."

The house was vacant and being remodeled, so no one was inside at the time of the fire. The homeowner was called by neighbors and arrived shortly after firefighters, to the upsetting sight. Upon hearing it might be a case of arson, Woody was shocked. "It's a sad day. I'm hurt, I'm disappointed, I'm angry, and you probably can't tell it, but my eyes are tired and I haven't eaten since last night."

Woody was planning on moving into the house next month when the renovations would have been complete. Now, that won't be possible. Woody says, "It's sad to see that we're standing outside of a barricade, saying that they're offering a $5,000 reward or more."

Investigators are asking anyone with information about who caused the fire to call 352-318-5983. There is a $5,000 reward.

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