Update: 4 Fires in Douglas Ruled as Arson, Believed to be Connected

By: City of Douglas Email
By: City of Douglas Email

Update: Associated Press
July 10, 2014

DOUGLAS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's fire commissioner says four fires south Georgia have all been ruled arson and authorities suspect they are all connected.

Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens on Wednesday asked for the public's help in identifying whoever's responsible for the Tuesday fires in Douglas.

The first two fires were ignited early Tuesday between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. and heavily damaged two homes. More fires were started between 1:50 a.m. and 2 a.m. in a motel trash bin and at a business.

Hudgens said investigators believe all four fires are linked. He said information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fires could make the tipster eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.

News Release: City of Douglas
July 10, 2014

DOUGLAS, Ga. -- The Douglas Police Department and Douglas Fire Department are working together to continue their investigation into several residential fires which have occurred within the last few weeks.

The Georgia Arson Control Board is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in these fires. Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest should call 800-282-5804.

“We are asking all citizens to stay vigilant and to report any suspicious activity,” says Police Chief Gary Casteloes. “We appreciate everyone who has provided information to aid our investigations in the past and encourage citizens to report tips to our See Something, Say Something Crime Tip Line at 912-260-3600.”

The Douglas Police Department is also investigating an increase in damage to buildings, personal property, and criminal activity in the north area of Douglas.

At this time, it is unclear if these incidents are related. The Douglas Police Department is soliciting any information in regards to these recent fires and burglaries.

Citizens are asked to report tips to Sgt. Robert Sprinkle by email at rsprinkler@cityofdouglas.com or by calling 260-3624. Citizens can also call the See Something, Say Something Crime Tip Line at 260-3600.

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