GOLDEN GATE, Fla. - A string of suspicious fires in a Golden Gate community has just added one more to that list, making it a total of five house fires believed to have been started by an arsonist.
This time the person didn't hit up a vacant home. Instead, a mom and her daughter were home when the fire broke out. It all happened shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday on Painted Leaf Lane.
"My main concern is getting out, getting the baby out," Kimberly Effert tells WINK News.
There was little time for her to think when she woke up from a nap with her three year old daughter and realized she was choking from smoke.
"I turned around, I grabbed her and ran out the front door. Got on my cell phone right away and called 911."
The smoke was coming from a fire in her garage, a fire that officials are calling suspicious.
"They said that they smelled some type of gas, and they said it looked like someone was trying to get in the garage," Effert says of her conversations with investigators.
She also mentions they say her house fire looks like the work of an amateur, compared to the previous four fires which may have been committed by someone more experienced.
The Fire Marshal is investigating.