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Tuskegee man worries house fire was form of revenge

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Alfred Jackson is convinced his house burned in an act of revenge, not an accident. Alfred Jackson is convinced his house burned in an act of revenge, not an accident.
TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) -

Revenge or accidental fire? Alfred Jackson is homeless today after a fire destroyed his home off Collins Street in Tuskegee Monday night. Jackson is convinced beyond any doubt this was no accident.

It was Jackson who called police last week about two suspects roaming the neighborhood. It turns out those two men burglarized a burned out home on Collins Street and the homeowner ended up shooting one of the suspects in the leg. That fire by the way was ruled accidental and the injured suspect is recovering.

Jackson is certain his house fire is somehow connected to his involvement in calling police last week.

"But I can't prove it. It's just a sense I have," Jackson said.

Alfred Jackson says he didn't have any insurance and was at work when he got the call his home was on fire. Jackson says he plans to stay with his mom.

Tuskegee firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control within 4 minutes but the damage was already done. There is a gaping hole in the middle of the roof where the fire shot through. The inside is utterly destroyed.

Tuskegee's fire marshal Willie Smith told WSFA 12 News his investigation is just now beginning and doesn't know who or what started the fire at Jackson's home. However, police call the situation 'a strange coincidence.'

Neighbor Robert Rose is the one who called the fire department and knocked on the front door to see if anyone was home. Rose says the front door was locked but didn't check the back door. Rose can't recall seeing or hearing anything suspicious before the fire at Jackson's home.

"I just didn't hear anything. No explosion or anything and I didn't know it was on the fire until I just happen to come out and see the smoke," Rose said.

The two men arrested in connection with the burglary last week on Collins Street are Jamel Campbell and Warren Hampton. Campbell is already out on bond while Hampton remains in jail. The suspects face a single charge of third degree burglary.

Smith tells WSFA 12 News he'll know in about a week whether this was an accidental fire or something worse.

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