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Grand Rapids man calls arsons attempted murder

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A resident of a Grand Rapids duplex says the fire that destroyed his building's garage was not just arson, it was attempted murder.

"If I did not wake up when I did,  people would have died," says resident Kemal Hamulic.

The fire in Hamulic's duplex on Mulford Drive early Wednesday was the sixth in a series of seven suspected garage arsons in the past month.  All of the fires have taken place in his neighborhood near the Woodland Mall.

The fire at his home was especially serious because the flames were spreading from the garage to the duplex where five children and four adults were sleeping. Hamulic says he was awakened by the sound of vinyl siding melting from the heat.

"I could see the top of the garage was on fire so I yelled to my wife to get our child and get out, and I went to the neighbors and pounded on the door to tell them it was on fire," he says.

A day after the arson on Mulford,  a fire was set in a garage in the nearby Longmeadow Apartments. It's the second recent garage fire in the complex.

"The individual setting the fires is saying, 'I pick who's next,'" says Hamulic. "'I pick what happens. I decide whether you can sleep at night or not.'  And I just hope people will stand up, be alert and help police catch this individual."