(Editor's Note: This article is taken from a press release from Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services.)
Fire officials have determined that a fire at a home in the 2400 block of Mossy Branch Drive in Snellville was an act of arson.
The home is located in the Brookwood-area's Bright Water subdivision, and it had been burgerlized. Officials say the fire was set "in an attempt to destroy evidence or otherwise mislead investigators."
Residents were not home at the time, and no injuries were reported.
A neighbor alerted emergency crews to the fire just before 10 p.m., and heay fire and smoke met fire fighters when the arrived shortly after. Quick action helped keep the fire from spreading throughout the two-story home.
“We are asking anyone who may have any pertinent information that would lead us to the arrest of the person or persons who started this fire to please call us," said Gwinnett Fire Lt. Eric Eberly. "A person who is found guilty of first degree arson is likely to spend one to twenty years in prison. It is a very serious crime and we take it very serious."
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Gwinnett Fire Arson & Explosives Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Hot Line 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 person(s) responsible for arson.