Tenants blame landlord for fatal Newnan fire - CBS46 News

Tenants blame landlord for fatal Newnan fire

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NEWNAN, GA (CBS46) -

A few days after a fatal fire that took the life a mother and four of her children, neighbors are starting to blame the homeowners.

CBS Atlanta News found out that the fire started near the electrical box, but now friends of the victims and former tenants say the house had a lot issues, especially electrical problems.

Ricky Stegall's son lived in the house for about three years. He said he moved out in January and it wasn't long before the victims moved in.

Stegall said his son would always call with problems from everything from the furnace to the hot water heater and particularly the lights.

"In the room where the washer and dryer were, the lights would blink all the time," said Stegall.

Neighbors of the home who did not want to be identified said the victims had similar problems right up until the fire.

"It was just a crackling sound. You could hear it," said one neighbor.

Because the signs were so obvious, many have started to point the finger.

"I blame the house owner. Period. I blame the house owner," said Stegall.

Stegall said that's scary because three months earlier it was his family inside the home.

"Man it's scary. It scares me to death. It scares me to death," said Stegall.

As for the investigation, the main focus is getting to the bottom of what actually caused the fire.

Was it a legit electrical problem or just a freak accident?

Police said they're not pushing for criminal charges, but once they get more information, that could all change.

CBS Atlanta News tried to contact the owner of the home, but he never responded to our repeated phone calls or when we went to his house.

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