GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police have offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the identification and capture of the person responsible for a house fire in unincorporated Lawrenceville, according to the Gwinnett County Fire Department.
The fire started just before 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday and investigators are working to determine who is responsible in what has been deemed an arson case.
The house is located in the 1100 block of Kibbie Circle. A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke and flames pouring from the home, according to authorities.
Neighbors tried to douse the fire with a garden hose and knocked at the front door to alert anyone inside, according to firefighters. There was no answer at the door and attempts to quench the flames before fire trucks arrived were unsuccessful.
A dog was rescued from the home, and no people were injured. Two adults and three children were displaced from the home due to damage, according to authorities.
According to Fire Investigators, multiple points of origin were found on the exterior of the home. Investigators believed that an accelerant was used to spark the blaze. Specific information about how the fires were set or the evidence collected is not being released based on the ongoing investigation.
A motive in the case has not yet been established, and Fire Investigators are asking anyone with information to please come forward.
“This blaze was a bold act, that could have placed a number of people in extreme danger,” said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge. "Arson is a serious felony crime and is punishable by one to 20-years imprisonment and associated fines."
Anyone with information about the blaze or the person(s) responsible is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1.800.282.5804. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers a REWARD of UP TO $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for arson.