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3 questioned in mobile home community arsons

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Fire Department is investigating another suspicious fire at the abandoned Countryview Mobile Home Community. The area has been targeted by arsonists several times since it was abandoned after flooding in May 2011.

But this time around, the arsonist may have not been so sneaky.

A deputy running radar in the area noticed a car pulling out of the mobile home park in the dark of the night. The deputy stopped the car, and shortly thereafter, noticed smoke billowing from one of the trailers.

Three people are now in custody and are being questioned about the fires.

"It would be a wonderful thing is we could put a stop to the fires with the activities from today. So yeah, there's a little bit of a sigh of relief going on," said Brent Perkins, Shelby County Fire Department.

Aubrey Blackwood and his friends dropped by for the mobile home park for a trip down memory lane Monday.

"It was nice, lovely," said Blackwood. "Everybody had a good time out here. It's sad to see it like this. You know, let it go like this."

After the flood in May 2011 power was never restored. The fires started the following December.

Since then, 20 different reports have come in. A total of 50 trailers were set ablaze. The cost in response is estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars.

"It's annoying to have millions of dollars of fire equipment rushing to fire that should've never been in the first place," said Perkins.

The property owner has been gradually clearing the land, but about two dozen trailers still stand.

It is merely a matter of time before they are all gone.

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