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UPDATE: Firefighters investigating suspicious fire in Athens

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) -

While investigators work to figure out if someone purposely set a home on Fisher Street in Athens on fire, the woman who lived there says she's thankful she and her family weren't home at the time. 

Betty Rose and her 12-year-old daughter take it all in; they see what's left and smell what used to be. They had only lived in the home for a few months, but it was a home. 

"It's amazing God let me be tired enough to lay down and go to sleep after we got done moving," she said. 

She was staying somewhere else when the fire started around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Investigators call the blaze suspicious but wouldn't say why. 

Rose thinks it is too. The thought of what could have happened is almost too much for her to bare. 

"Just to know that someone would start a fire outside my bedroom window and thanking God I wasn't here," she added. 

It's unsettling for neighbors along Fisher Street too. 

"I smelled smoke and heard popping. I came around to the front and saw flames," one neighbor said. 

The neighbor asked Channel 3 not to use her identity but says she tried putting out the flames with her garden hose while calling for help but the fire was just too big. 

"I don't know, I was just holding it on the flames and praying it didn't get my home," she said. 

Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading but say the place Rose once called home is destroyed. 

Now their focus shifts to what and even who is responsible. 

Rose says she's staying with family. 

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.


Firefighters are investigating an early morning house fire in Athens.

Officials say it started around 6:30 a.m. at a home on Fisher Street.

The Athens fire chief says they are calling the fire suspicious, and are working to determine the cause.

A woman and her children who live at the home were not inside when the fire broke out.

No injures were reported.

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