Eatonton fire thought to be arson; possible $10,000 reward for suspect’s arrest
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 that a fire set in Putnam County at the end of July was ruled as an act of arson.
The fire took place at Grande Avenue around 3:19 a.m. on July 31, 2021. The release states that the fire was started in a vehicle in the front yard before spreading to the 81 year-old structure that spans 1,669 square feet. Moderate damage was done to the residence involved.
King says in the release that “the occupant reported seeing a person in the front yard shortly before the fire began,” and that after searching, investigators determined that the passenger side door of the car was left open, leading them to believe the fire was intentionally set.
Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit and the Eatonton Police Department are still investigating this incident, with a reward of up to $10,000 being offered by Georgia Arson Control for information that leads to whoever is responsible for arson.
The release urges anyone with information about this Putnam County fire to call the Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804.