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Fire, Death Investigation Not Shocking to Neighbors

A deadly fire Sunday morning doesn't have neighbors too concerned. One neighbor says homeless people have been taking up residence in the vacant house for years. And though the news wasn't shocking, it's still concerning that it was intentional.
When Connie Slack first heard there was a fire on her street, she was shocked.

"My grandson and great-grandson come running in the house and was hollering 'There's a fire! There's a fire!'" she explained.

But when she found out that the fire happened in the house that's been vacant for five years, the astonishment wore off.

"I'm not surprised," she said. "Well, because it's been empty so long. And we've had the police over here four or five different times, maybe more than that."

Those were calls regarding homeless people who have taken up residence in the empty home multiple times. First inside the house, and after the owners locked all the doors they took up residence in the back yard, which is where the fire happened. Leaving neighbors like Slack to wonder if victim or suspect was one of those who has been living there secretly.

"That's the only thing I can think of. It's cause, like I said, there's a lot of homeless people that's been living in there in and out over the years," Slack said. "And that's the only thing I can assume. I don't know."

And though she's not worried about her neighborhood, Slack tells us that an intentional fire started on her street does make her nervous.

"You know, we all look out for each other. Like when we go on vacations or something, we tell our neighbors, and they look out and they pick up our mail and stuff and keep an eye on everything. We all do it. I think that's how all neighborhoods should be. They all look out for each other," she said.
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