House fire ruled as ar­son case

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - SJ Ed­i­tor By Kevin Myrick

A Wed­nes­day fire has been ruled an ar­son, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are seek­ing help with find­ing a sus­pect re­spon­si­ble for burn­ing down a house on Spratlin Road just out­side the Rock­mart city lim­its.

Ac­cord­ing t o Polk County Fire Chief Randy Lacey, no one was hurt in the fire dur­ing the evening hours mid­week, and the house was empty of any be­long­ings be­fore it burned. The Polk County Fire De­part­ment and po­lice are work­ing with the state in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into who might have been re­spon­si­ble for the fire, rul­ing it an ar­son on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the In­sur­ance and Safety Fire Com­mis­sioner Ralph Hud­gens’ of­fice, the ar­son com­pletely de­stroyed the home at 10 Spratlin Road. They are seek­ing any help from the com­mu­nity in devel­op­ing in­for­ma­tion about sus­pects. They cited ev­i­dence of the fire be­gin­ning at the home’s ex­te­rior as the cause of the blaze.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about this fire is asked to call the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Hot­line at 1-800282-5804. Calls are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and call­ers may choose to re­main anony­mous. Re­wards of up to $10,000 are given for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of an ar­son­ist(s).

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