Statesboro firefighters and police responded to two separate arson cases within four days, but detectives don’t think the incidents are related.
Friday, the Statesboro Fire Department was called to the Statesboro Mall, where someone set a small fire in the women’s bathroom, said Madison Warren, Statesboro police community information specialist.
According to reports, police kept customers from the area while firefighters extinguished the blaze, which “only affected one stall,” she said. Incident reports list a toilet paper holder and toilet seat as being damaged.
Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the scene at Howard’s Finish Line Recovery, a towing company on Zetterower Road, in reference to a tow truck on fire.
Warren said the truck’s cab was “fully engulfed” in flames, but firefighters were able to douse the fire before damages other than the interior of the cab were done.
An investigation “indicated an accelerant was used” and the fire was set intentionally, so firefighters contacted police and turned the investigation over, she said.
No one was injured in either fire, and at this point in the investigation, police are not revealing whether there are any suspects or motivation, she said.
The cases are being “actively investigated, and there is no indication” that the incidents are connected, she said.
Anyone with information about these or any other cases is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
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Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.