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Sheriff: second suspect in Home Depot fires arrested

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Two suspects are now in custody in connection with two local business fires.

On Oct. 28 and 29, fire broke out at Mid-Michigan Home Depots. Investigators said those fires were intentionally set.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 29, firefighters were called to the store at 3132 Bueker Drive in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel said the fire is similar to one at the Home Depot at 4380 Corunna Road, in Genesee County’s Flint Township, on Oct. 28. 

"We believe that a fire was started in the insulation aisle as an attempt for someone to steal power tools or other goods from the store," Federspiel said about the fire in Kochville Township.

Officials said the men almost got away with power tools from that fire, but a quick thinking employee prevented it. Power tools were stolen from the Home Depot store in Flint Township.

The Kochville Township store was evacuated, and closed. The Flint Township store was evacuated, but after the smoke cleared, customers were allowed back in.

One of the suspects, Terrance Furline, 37, was arrested on Oct. 30 and is facing five felony counts including arson and criminal enterprise. 

Alvin Jenkins, 50, was arrested in Flint on Nov. 6.

Investigators believe the men would take the stolen items back to a different Home Depot store and return the items for cash.

The Kochville fire chief said crews would still be fighting the fire had the store’s fire suppression system not worked, due to the number of accelerants in the home improvement store.

No one was hurt.

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