FIRST ON WITN: Duplex Fire Reported As Arson That Left Family Of Six Homeless

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A fire Wednesday afternoon that left a family of six homeless is now being investigated as an arson.

Fire crews were called around 3:30 p.m. to the fire on Bragg Circle, which is in southwest Greenville. A mother and several pre-school age children were in the home at the time.

The fire department says the blaze was intentionally set. Firefighters say reports of explosions were actually inflated automobile tires that made loud noises as they burned.

Police say the fire is now being investigated as suspicious. They say the fire appears to have started in a storage room attached to the back of the home.

A fire department employee was injured during the cleanup operations when he was accidentally struck in the face with a piece of equipment.

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A family of six has been displaced after a fire this afternoon heavily damaged their duplex.

Greenville fire crews were called around 3:30 p.m. to the fire on Bragg Circle, which is in southwest Greenville. Smoke and flames were coming from the duplex when the first fire units arrived.

The fire department says four children and their parents lived in the damaged duplex. Firefighters were able to save the other unit, where a family of three kids lived.

The American Red Cross has been called in to help the victims.

Firefighters say some of the children not of school age were at home with their mom when the fire broke out. Fortunately, everyone managed to get out okay.

The complex manager says the fire began in the utility room of the burned unit, near the water heater. He believes that water tank exploded.

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