Arkansas family escapes house fire that may have been arson

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HAMBURG, Ark. (KTVE) – Investigations are underway into two car burglaries and a possible arson that happened within the same night. 

The Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department was notified of a house fire on Jackson Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday. There were no reported injuries, just a family that was thankful to have made it out before the fire spread.

“We were just awakened by loud knocks at the door,” said Tim Mooney. “So, I jumped up and a family friend said the house was on fire.”

Officials say the fire started near the couple’s bedroom outside the home. It’s something that Mooney can’t get out of his mind, though, it’s been an even harder pill to swallow knowing that not just himself but his family were potential targets for crime.

“My family and my kids were in there laying asleep. We all could’ve been gone right now,” Mooney continued.

Now, all that’s left is a damaged mobile home and charred clothing and appliances. All material things that Mooney says don’t compare to his family’s lives.

While they slept peacefully, the family believes someone above was working mightily.

“The devil is in places but God is everywhere,” Mooney said.

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the house fire. They will conduct a formal investigation Wednesday.

Local police, though, are handling two car burglaries that also happened in the early hours on Tuesday morning. 

Footage from one of the victims’ surveillance cameras shows two men entering the property. Police say both burglaries happened on South Cherry Street and the victims’ cars were unlocked. A cell phone and three handguns were stolen.

If you have any information regarding the suspected arson or the burglaries, call the Hamburg Police Department at 870-853-5300.

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