Augusta-Richmond County fire shift commander Richard Burts said the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived around 8:45 p.m. The interior was destroyed, along with parts of the roof.
Homeowner Michael Wilson said it was the second time the rental property has caught fire. The first was about eight months ago, when he had it rented. Since then, he had boarded it up and was hoping to make repairs soon.
“It just shows you, no matter how well you board up the house, they are still going to find a way in,” he said, noting it looked like someone had broken into the residence to get warm.
He said the home would have to be torn down.
“We lost everything we were going to use for the remodel,” he said. “It seems like every time we take two steps forward, we end up three steps back.”