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Dumpster fire near Regency Mall is investigated as arson

Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:08 PM
Last updated 10:48 PM
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A large commercial Dumpster and a few empty apartments just outside the former Regency Mall likely were set on fire Sunday, authorities said.

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.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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.

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.

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AutumnLeaves 04/29/12 - 11:53 pm
Thanks for reporting that. We

Thanks for reporting that. We were wondering what the stench was.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/30/12 - 08:05 am
I disagree with the

I disagree with the reporter's and the editor's decision to link this story to Regency Mall and to feature the mall in the headline. There is absolutely no reason to suspect that Regency Mall owners or agents were responsible for this fire, nor is there any reason to suspect that the suspected arsonist was targeting Regency Mall by setting this fire in this dumpster that is not located on mall property.

One item that is missing from this story is who owns or is leasing the dumpster? The story says it is a large commercial dumpster. Who is paying for it? Who is using it? What disgruntled employees can be identified? And what about the apartments? Who is the owner? What kind of financial shape is he in?

The anwers to these questions would be more relevant than dragging the name of Regency Mall into the arson story.

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