LaFayette hard­ware store fire ruled ar­son, reward of­fered

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Josh O’Bryant

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve some­one de­lib­er­ately started a fire out­side a LaFayette busi­ness Tues­day night. A pe­tro­leum-based ac­cel­er­ant was dis­cov­ered at the scene.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice Capt. Stacey Meeks, a wit­ness saw fire com­ing from the south­west side of Ham­mond Jones Hard­ware, 110 North Main Street, and im­me­di­ately called Walker County 911.

Two po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived first and tried to con­trol the blaze with fire ex­tin­guish­ers. The LaFayette Fire De­part­ment soon ar­rived and the blaze was quickly put out.

A brick wall blocked the flames from ac­tu­ally en­ter­ing the store.

De­tec­tive Billy Mullis has been as­signed to the case and will work with the state fire mar­shal.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion or who wit­nessed sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity about 10-11 p.m. in that area on June 20, is asked to call the Po­lice De­part­ment at 706-639-1540. was re­ported at pre­cisely mid­night on Wednes­day, June 21, caused mi­nor dam­age to an ex­te­rior wall of the build­ing. A city of LaFayette po­lice of­fi­cer who was first to ar­rive at the busi­ness is cred­ited with help­ing to con­tain the blaze un­til the LaFayette Fire De­part­ment ar­rive on the scene.

Com­mis­sioner Hud­gens asks any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this fire to call the Ge­or­gia Ar­son Hot­line at 1-800282-5804. Re­wards of up to $10,000 are given for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son or per­sons re­spon­si­ble for the fire. Calls are taken 24 hours a day; call­ers can choose to re­main anony­mous.

Only a brick wall kept the ar­son fire from spread­ing at the hard­ward store in down­ton LaFayette. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Josh O’Bryant)

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