NWGA Scanner | May 5th, 2022

Early Tuesday morning outbuilding and house fire in LaFayette ruled arson

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a recent Walker County fire has been ruled an act of arson. The fire occurred just after 3 a.m. on the morning of May 3rd at a vacant residence on Jones Street in LaFayette. “The fire completely destroyed an outbuilding before spreading and causing significant damage to the 69-year-old, 1347-square-foot residence,” said Commissioner King. “The building appeared to be undergoing renovation at the time of the fire. After examining the scene, my investigators determined this incident to be an act of arson.” Anyone with information on this fire should call 1-800-282-5804. In coordination with the State Fire Investigations Unit, a reward of up to $10,000 is offered by Georgia Arson Control for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for arson. Commissioner King’s office assisted the LaFayette Police Department with this investigation.

According to the City of LaFayette, On Tuesday, May 3 at 3:04 a.m., LaFayette Fire red shift was dispatched to a fully involved outbuilding fire. LaFayette Engine 24 and Car 171 responded.LaFayette units arrived at #5 Jones Street and found a large fully involved outbuilding fire that was located on the backside of the residence with heavy fire involvement to the rear of said residence. Walker Station #8 and Walker County Fire Rescue was requested for automatic and mutual aid for manpower and Memorial Medic 15 for EMS standby.On-scene firefighters began an aggressive fire attack initially concentrating on the outbuilding to knock it back off the residence and setting up to conduct a primary interior search of the residence. Once the outbuilding was knocked back, crews began an aggressive interior fire attack on the residence and completed a primary interior search with negative findings. While firefighting and search operations were occurring, the arriving units were establishing a positive water supply, establishing RIT operations, and assisting with search and firefighting operations.With strong work in tough conditions, firefighters had the fire under control and a primary/secondary search completed with negative findings at 3:47 a.m. Walker hose #15, Walker Car #4, Walker car #5 and Walker Station #8 responded and provided manpower. We would like to thank our brothers for their assistance.We would like to thank LaFayette PD for assisting with stretching the supply line to establish a positive water supply and thank the crew on Memorial Medic 15 for stepping up and providing a hand wherever needed.

Picture via City of LaFayette/Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner