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Law officials close investigation for Phenix City homeowner after weekend fire

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT
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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - Investigators are closing the investigation after a weekend fire at a mobile home park in Phenix City.

Mount Olive Assistant Fire Chief Jermaine Phillips said they are closing the fire scene and calling it an arson. A body was not found, and they do not know where the owner is.

Tuesday morning, investigators, police, firefighters, and even K9 units were at Highridge Mobile Home Park trying to find out how the fire started.

Phenix City Captain Darrell Lassiter tells me no evidence has been found.

Neighbors sitting outside in lawn chairs tell me they have not heard from their neighbor, but they say his car is still sitting out front.

Property manager Mary Evans Lee says Daniel Diaz has lived in this home for 20 years and recently just became the official owner in 2020.

“Terribly sad what happened at Mr. Diaz’s house. It’s horrible when somebody’s house burns down,” expressed Lee.

K9s searched in the woods behind the house but had no luck.

Phillips says it’s still under investigation, and they will be out all day to find out more information.

“Mother’s Day night, we were paged out at about 11 o’clock that night saying there was a fully engulfed trailer fire,” the police chief explained.

Fire officials say they are not sure if Daniel Diaz was trapped inside the mobile home during the fire, but they are doing everything they can to locate a body if there is one to be found.

Lee says she treats her tenants like family, and although Diaz wasn’t renting, she always reminds tenants how vital renters insurance is because you never know what can happen.

“It is horrible when someone’s house does burn down, and renters insurance is a wonderful thing to have, it covers all of your belongings cause when it burns down you don’t have anything, and you don’t realize that until it’s all gone” said Lee.

Fire officials said they would be back out tomorrow morning.

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