Arson fires destroy 100-year-old home in Madison County


State fire investigators determined a home on Winns Lake Road in Comer was purposefully destroyed in two fires that were set within 12 hours of each other last weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office)

By Joe Johnson

Authorities were searching for the person or person responsible for intentionally-set fires that destroyed a 100-year-old home in Madison County last weekend.

According to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office, arson investigators determined that two fires that occurred at 1394 Winns Lake Road in Comer within 12 hours of each other on Saturday and Sunday were the work of one or more arsonist.

The first fire occurred around 7:40 p.m. Saturday and was set to the back-left side of the residence, the commissioner’s office said, and the second fire occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, to the back-right side of the residence.

This fire completely destroyed the structure.

 “The 1,000 square-foot, 100-year-old home has been unoccupied for about a year and had no utilities connected to it at the time the fires were set,” Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King said.

King asked for anyone with information to call the Fire Investigations Unit of his office, at (800) 282-5804.

The unit is assisting the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Collins Volunteer Fire Department with the arson probe.

Rewards of up to $10,000 were being offered information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

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