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$10,000 reward offered in Register fire
Officials seek more information in blaze that gutted Town Hall
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A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone who is proven guilty of arson in the blaze that destroyed Register Town Hall Sunday morning.. - photo by EDDIE LEDBETTER/staff

Although the cause of a fire that destroyed the town hall building in Register Sunday was ruled “undetermined,” a $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone who is proven guilty of arson.

A caller reported the fire around 3:50 a.m. Sunday to Bulloch County 911, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.

The fire was “called in as electrical” by a person who has not been identified to the public, he said.

Bulloch County Fire Chief Christopher Ivey said the cause of the early morning blaze could “go either way,” meaning it could be arson or could be from faulty electrical wiring.

He, along with state Fire Marshal Alan Logue and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Lee Hoover spent two days investigating, but found no conclusive evidence of the cause.

“The fire started in an office, (the clerk’s office) at the rear of the building. We spent several hours digging for the cause of the fire … unfortunately, we can’t rule that the cause was electrical or arson, therefor the cause is undetermined,” he said.

If anyone sees or hears anything suspicious, they are asked to call Georgia Arson Control at 1-800-282-5804.  “If someone is found or proven guilty, the caller is awarded $10,000,” he said. “They have had pretty good success with this reward program. It is how they found the guy who set the fire in Wal-Mart in Pooler.”

Christopher Walthour, 18, was arrested in connection to that fire, according to news reports.


Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912)489-9414.



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