UPDATE #1: FIRE INVESTIGATORS STILL SEEKING ANSWERS IN MONTH OLD ARSON CASE
This update provided by the Gwinnett Fire-PIO on August 14, 2017. Gwinnett County Fire Investigators are still working to determine who is responsible for intentionally setting fire to the exterior of a home on July 5, 2017 in the 1100 block of Kibbe Circle, NW in (unincorporated) Lawrenceville. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 6:45 a.m., after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the house. The neighbor tried to douse the flames with a garden hose, but was unsuccessful.
According to Fire Investigators, remnants of a spent Molotov cocktail were found at the scene. The device was still intact and was collected as evidence. Lab tests from samples taken also confirmed that gasoline was used as an accelerant to ignite a fire on the exterior wall of the house. Investigators say that multiple points of origin were found on the outside of the home.
A motive in the case has not yet been established. There was no one home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The family told investigators that they were unaware of anyone who would want to harm them or damage their property. The blaze caused extensive damage to the right-side of the house and part of the attic space. A dog was rescued from inside the home by firefighters and is doing fine. The family was displaced from the home due to the damage.
Anyone with information about the blaze or the person(s) 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 for arson. All tips may be made anonymously.