New Year’s Day house fire in Gwinnett County ruled Arson

Reward offered for information that leads to an arrest

(Lawrenceville, Ga., January 2, 2020) – Gwinnett County fire investigators have ruled an early morning fire on New Year’s day fire in the county arson. According to a press release, the fire damaged the interior of a home on the 1900 block of Castle Royale Drive, NE in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The occupants were in the process of moving into the home and were temporarily staying in an apartment at the time of the fire. There were no injuries reported.

New Year’s day fire at 1900 block of Castle Royale Drive, NE in unincorporated Lawrenceville has been ruled arson. Photo credit: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, firefighters responded to the blaze at 5:23 a.m. on New Year’s morning after the alarm monitoring company called 9-1-1 to report that a residential fire alarm have been activated. Crews arrived to find flames and smoke inside the two-story, wood-frame house and firefighters were able to quickly deployed a fire attack hose line and extinguished the flames. Nobody was in the home when when fire crews arrived.

Fire Investigators report that “an unknown individual made unlawful entry inside the house and ignited the fire in order to cause damage to the property.”

Official are withholding specific information about how entry was made or where and how the fire was started due to the ongoing investigation and are working with police to see if the suspect is connected to other crimes in the area.

Fire Investigators are asking for the public’s help in solving this senseless crime. Investigators are trying to identify a possible male witness who was seen on a skateboard in the roadway on Castle Royale Drive as fire trucks were pulling into the subdivision and residents in the neighborhood who may have seen or heard anything suspicious during the overnight hours or encountered the male on the skateboard are asked to please contact the authorities.

Anyone with information about the fire or the person responsible is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1.800.282.5804. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers a REWARD of UP TO $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Arson is a serious felony crime and is punishable by imprisonment and associated fines.

Prevent the crime of arson by securing personal property, installing adequate exterior lighting and staying alert to your surroundings

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