Fire burns out a Greenville family, but no one was injured.

  It happened  just before midnight Tuesday at 430 N. Shelby St.

   The family of 17 escaped.

   “And we found nothing underneath the house that would start a fire or cause an ignition,” said Fire Marshal Vernon Murphy. “And that led us to believe that something suspicious had happened.

   Chief Ruben Brown asks that anyone with information to call the Greenville Fire Department at 662-378-1616 or Crime Stoppers of Washington County at 662-378-8477.

    “You know it is an arson fire, but also consider it attempted murder,” Brown said.

   The house is considered a total loss, leaving the family without a home. Among those who lived there are children as young as 9 months.

  The Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting.

   Nicholas Garbacz, disaster program manager for the Red Cross, says the agency is providing temporary lodging for the family.

   “So we made sure that for the next few days they're in a hotel, they got somewhere to sleep finally, give them some assistance for food as well,” he said. “But now we need to look at the bigger picture, so where is this family going to live? They're going to need new place to rent, they're going to need furniture, need clothing, those kinda bigger things, and when we get to a situation like that it really is a community effort.”

  To help, contact Selena Vega with the American Red Cross office in Greenville by calling 662-378-3245.

   Also, the Greenville Fire Department has a list of ages and gender of the children for those who wish to donate clothing.