RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Augusta firefighters were called to a house fire in the Haynes Station subdivision in Richmond County around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
That scene in the 7000 block of Summerton Drive turned into a criminal investigation. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was no accident.
Kenneth Williams, 42, is accused of setting that fire and leaving the scene. He has been arrested and is charged with first degree arson, aggravated assault and obstructing or hindering persons making an emergency phone call.
"At this time, we are believing the fire was intentionally set. The sheriff's office has been called out to assist us in the investigation and we are actively investigating this at this time," said Augusta Fire Department spokesperson Michael Meyers.
Richmond County deputies originally responded to the home for a burglary in progress. They were later notified by the caller that the house was set on fire, according to a news release.
The person who was inside at the time of the incident wasn't hurt, Meyers said. He added that crews contained the fire to one room.
The fire was put out quickly and neighbors learned about the incident quickly, too.
Renaldo Woolfolk has lived in the neighborhood for six years. He said his wife saw sirens when she came home for lunch. So, he got on his Next Door app to get information. He said the arson investigation is concerning.
"New development, new homes and to know someone personally did this intentionally is a little frightening. But you have to be resourceful and keep the neighborhood watch up and help our neighbors," he said.
Woolfolk said due to this incident, he plans to discuss violence happening in his neighborhood at the next Home Owner's Association meeting.