Jackson house fire being investigated as suspected arson

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Jackson Police say a fire that tore through a house earlier this month was no accident.

It happened on the city’s northwest side. Police say the fire started on the second floor of the five-unit house and the people who lived there are still working to make ends meet.

The building owner of the home on the 600-block of Steward Avenue says the damage is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and they’re just waiting to get the clean up process to get started.

“Right now we’re in a better situation, but it’s not like we would want it to be, or hoped for it to be,” said Terell Estelle, one of the residents who was displaced after a fire tore through his home.

Estelle is now living in another apartment owned by the same landlord.

“It’s a good thing that you got a landlord that actually cares about your whereabouts and you’re not just laying on streets or sleeping from motel to motel,” said Estelle.

Two-and-a-half weeks later, the building still smells like smoke. Jackson Police say the fire is being investigated as a suspected arson.

“It’s very disturbing. They put all these families and these lives in jeopardy,” said building owner Bob Bruton.

Bruton is just thankful that no one was hurt.

“When you have people that are just willing to do something like that, assuming that happened, they don’t care about anybody else,” said Bruton.

Police say no arrests have been made yet and Estelle hopes he’ll be back home soon.

“We lost like food, clothing, like I said electronics and stuff. That’s replaceable and our clothes and stuff is replaceable too, but those things we need to survive everyday,” said Estelle.

The clean-up process is going to take months before the people who lived in the house can move back in.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Jackson Police have confirmed with 6 News that the apartment house fire on the 600-block of Steward Avenue earlier this month is being investigated as a suspected arson.

The building owner says repairing the damage is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

6 News reporter Dana Whyte will have more on this story tonight on 6 News at 6.

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