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3 questioned in latest mobile home arson

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NORTHAVEN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Three people are in custody and being questioned after an arson took place Monday morning at the abandoned Countryview Mobile Home Park.

The Northaven mobile home park has been abandoned since the 2011 historic floods and has been targeted routinely by arsonists.

When a deputy on patrol spotted three people leaving the mobile home park Monday, he suspected trouble. Moments later he noticed a trailer with heavy smoke and flames.

Shelby County Fire Department officials say arsonists are responsible for most of the 50 trailers which were damaged or destroyed at this mobile home park in the past year.

"It's taken a considerable amount of effort over the past year, plus to go down there and knock these fires down," said Brent W. Perkins with the county fire department.

The park is unhabitable, after the historic 2011 floods. When the trailer owners abandoned their homes, the responsibility fell on the park's owner, Perkins said.

"Monitoring closely, and carefully, it does appear," Perkins added. "He has made good efforts in trying to clean it up, just not there yet. Everybody's got limited assets at this point."

But the ongoing delays bring unwanted guests who spark problems.

"It could be somebody's interested in seeing what fire does," Perkins said. "It could be that somebody was in there squatting and trying to stay warm."

While the cause of this fire is unknown, Perkins said responding to it strikes a hotspot for his crew.

"9-1-1 is for emergency only," he said. "Don't go start your own emergency cause we need to be available for people when they really need us."

Arson is a Class C felony and a sentence starts at three years upon conviction.

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