Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Arson Investigators seek assistance in solving Athens Walmart fire, reward offered

ATHENS - The Division of State Fire Marshal, working in conjunction with the Athens Police and Fire Departments, is seeking the public’s assistance in solving an arson case at the Walmart located at 929 E. State St. The fire occurred on Tuesday in the early morning hours.

The fire marshal has determined that the fire was intentionally set, causing significant damage to the building, which is now undergoing repairs and restoration. A Walmart employee was credited with preventing more extensive damage by utilizing a nearby fire extinguisher.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fires.

“It is imperative that individuals come forward,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “Investigators want to hear from anyone who saw something out of the ordinary at or around the time of the fire or who may have heard someone speaking about the fire with an unusual level of interest or knowledge.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.