Fire heavily damaged two homes in a northwest Atlanta neighborhood and a neighbor told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man start the fire.
The two-alarm fire started at neighboring houses on Lois Place just after 10 p.m. on Friday. Investigators said they were not sure if the fires are separate or if the initial fire spread to the second home.
One neighbor told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi his dog started growling and when he went to the window he saw a man start the fire. The neighbor told Choi there was a loud explosion and rather than chase after the suspect he ran to a neighbors home and helped her get out of her house as the fire grew.
"It's scary, because it could have been us. It could have been our house and the guy did it, he just set it on fire for nothing," another neighbor told Choi.
Firefighters said no one was inside either house at the time. They said one home was vacant and the other was furnished, but no one was living inside.
The fires on Lois Place follow two recent suspicious fires on North Avenue and Jetal Place and a series of intentionally set fires in a wooded area between Azlee Place and Jones Road. Officials said someone started fires in the woods four times in the last month.