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Overnight house fire sparks arson investigation

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A South New York Avenue resident tells 14 News that an early morning arson on her street doesn't change her feeling of safety.

That fire broke out around 12:30 A.M. on Sunday in the 500-block of S. New York Avenue.

We're told that no one currently lives in the home and according to police documents, that fire was set on purpose in the front of the house, saying the house is now severely damaged.

Neighbors we talked with are glad they're all safe.

"I came downstairs and looked out and there were a lot of fire trucks out here," says Mark Clark, who lives next door.

Clark says she was asleep when the fire broke out early Sunday morning. She tells us that when she woke up, neighbors came running to make sure she was alright.

James Peters, whose son owns the house, tells 14 News that he's recently been helping his son renovate the house and Sunday morning's fire came as a, "total shock."

According to police documents, the house had been broken into recently. Mary described to 14 News what a neighbor told her they saw early Sunday morning.

"He saw someone leaving the house and walked across my yard and my motion light came on and he had something in his hand, but he (the neighbor) didn't know what it was," says Mary.

She tells us that she's lived on S. New York Avenue for over 40-years and says the arson doesn't change her view of what she calls a very safe neighborhood.

"I just pray and keep going," says Mary.

We're told that no arrests have yet been made.

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