A reward of up to $10,000 is possible for information leading to the conviction of a suspect or suspects in three recent fires the Statesboro Fire department believes to be arson.
Statesboro firefighters responded to three suspicious fires on West Jones Avenue and Peachtree Street between Saturday evening and Thursday morning.
"The Statesboro Fire Department, with the aid of the Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is currently investigating multiple structure fires that may have been intentionally and maliciously set," said Statesboro Fire Chief Tim Grams. "Three separate fires have occurred within the past five days, all within a reasonably close proximity to one another, and all bearing certain similarities in other areas as well."
At least one of the fires was found to be arson, he said.
"Obviously structure fires can occur at any time and at any place, however, the fact that these fires all occurred in such a close time and location to each other, as well as other factors; leads us to believe that there may be more to these particular fires than coincidence, and we are investigating all possibilities at this point," said Capt. Chris Whitehead, Statesboro fire investigator.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Georgia Arson Control arson hotline at (800) 282-5804 or leave a tip on the Statesboro Police Department's crime tip website at www.tipsoft.com.