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Police investigating possible arson after family escapes burning home

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A family of seven in Whitehaven is safe after escaping a fire in the 1500 Block of East Holmes Road. The family spent their Labor Day without a place to call home, and all they have left is a charred home and three charred cars.

Since the fire, the case has been handed over to arson investigators to determine the cause and whether it was intentional or accidental. This comes after Candi Ards, a victim of the fire, reported that her daughter saw suspicious behavior outside their home moments before the fire occurred.

Ards told investigators that her daughter heard a loud boom then saw someone wearing a blue hoodie running from their driveway.

“I've been having issues around there but I never thought someone would want me and my family killed,” she said.

 Ards is just grateful that her family escaped unharmed in the fire that took their belongings.

“I'm just blessed that everything worked out.”

This fire comes as even more devastating for Ards and her family, since they just moved into the home a few months before. The family had only been in Memphis for two years.

Ards is now concerned about how she and her family are going to rebuild their lives. She said the next few weeks in school will not be the same for her four daughters.

“It really is tough trying to start back over and get it back together like the way it was,” she said.

Crime scene tape now surrounds the place they once called home. Now, as they search for answers, they're also begging for peace and for someone to come forward.

“You just don't do people like this,” Ards said.

The family is now staying with loved ones.

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