(Buford, Ga. March 6, 2017) – Gwinnett County Fire Investigators are trying to determine who is responsible for setting fire to two vehicles and a riding lawnmower at a private residence on Stonehedge Drive, NE in Buford. The fire occurred around 10:45 Sunday night, March 5, 2017.
According to Fire Investigators, it appears that someone used an accelerant to ignite three-separate fires outside the home. The two torched vehicles were parked in the driveway in close proximity to the house and were considered a total loss. The mower was located in the carport and was also destroyed. Firefighters worked fast and kept the flames from spreading to the main part of the house. The carport sustained moderate content damage. “The potential was certainly there for flames to spread inside the house and endanger occupants,” said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge. Fire Investigators are hoping to identify the person(s) responsible and to determine a motive in the case. Specific information about the fire is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information 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. Tips may be made anonymous. Arson is a serious felony crime and is punishable by one to 20-years imprisonment and associated fines. “The person(s) responsible will likely face multiple charges, Rutledge added.