Dumpster fire near Regency Mall is investigated as arson

Richmond County firefighters work to put out a Dumpster fire near the 2500 block of Thomas Lane in Augusta. Arson is suspected in the Sunday blaze.

A large commercial Dumpster and a few empty apartments just outside the former Regency Mall likely were set on fire Sunday, authorities said.

The Richmond County Fire Department was called to the 2500 block of Thomas Lane at about 5 p.m. to find the contents of a Dumpster ablaze. Firefighters also noticed a few apartments behind the Dumpster were smoking. The apartments were vacant, and firefighters said the scene is under investigation for arson.

It might have been the second arson in as many days. Early Saturday, firefighters were called to the 1500 block of McCauley Street where a bedroom and living room of a house were on fire, a Richmond County Sheriff’s report shows.

Investigator Neil Brown ruled the fire arson. A 24-inch TV and a window air-conditioning unit were also stolen from the home.