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Police probe suspicious fires

Police and firefighters are probing two suspicious blazes that broke out during the weekend.

Anya Davis, 33, left her house at 1508 10th Ave. S.E. and stayed with her parents overnight Saturday after setting off flea bombs, according to the report she filed with Decatur police.

Decatur firefighters responded to a fire at the residence at about 5:40 a.m. Sunday. Police said firefighters pinpointed the origin of the blaze in the middle of the living room, where the fire left a large hole in the hardwood floor and ate away several joists.

Davis told police said some of her possessions, which she had just moved in, were missing from the burned residence.

The fire destroyed the rest of her belongings as well as damaging her car, which was parked in the driveway outside, police said.

Police also said Richard Kral, 43, of 1812 Locust St. S.E. told them he returned to his home shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday and saw an acquaintance running from the residence. Inside, a couch was ablaze.

Kral pushed the couch out the front door, but not before it set fire to the home's interior, police said.

Kral was treated for minor burns.

- Seth Burkett

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