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Car arson strikes Pace homeowner second time
Not once but twice, a Pace man wakes up to find his carport and two vehicles destroyed by a fire.
And it is not the first time it's happened. Another fire in October destroyed two other cars the man owned.
On Sunday morning, Rich Colley heard a loud explosion, and came outside to find his entire carport engulfed in flames. Both cars were completely devastated. It's the second time in five months that this happened."
"Why? Why would you want to do this? What have I done? What has my wife done that would have us deserve something like this?" said Rich Colley.
In October, Colley found his two cars destroyed. He replaced them. Both new cars, and the entire carport, were destroyed last weekend. After both fires investigators found trails of fuel from the far side of the driveway, leading to the carport. There are no clues as to who started the fires.
"Tthey really have no idea. It could be anything from mistaken identity to cutting somebody off in traffic," Colley said.
Colley lives in a quiet neighborhood, with virtually no crime. He says he understands people being suspicious, and that he's passed lie detector tests to prove he isn't starting the fires. Colley feels he's under attack, and has started taking measures to protect his family.
"It makes you worried. You're scared. We've already contacted a security company to come and put up cameras and a security system," Colley said.
He says lately, sleep hasn't come easy from him and his wife.
"Eevery little noise wakes you up at night, if you can even go to sleep. I can't explain that. I just can't explain what it makes you feel like," Colley said.
Colley is hoping efforts from the public will prevent the criminals from hurting others in the future.
"They've put up signs offering rewards, you know, the crime-stoppers, interviews like this, trying to get the word out, just hoping somebody knows something and they're willing to say something," Colley said.
Colley's four grandchildren spent the night before the fire at his home. He says he's happy they weren't here to have to experience it.