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Arson suspected in Statham fire

STATHAM - A family of four was displaced Sunday when fire destroyed their Statham home. Barrow County firefighters suspect an arsonist set the fire at 2034 Broad St.

The family returned home around 8:10 p.m. to find their house burning and fire coming from the windows and front door.

"Firefighters got a very quick handle on the fire," said Lt. Scott Dakin, Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer. "Unfortunately, the fire destroyed a lot of the home before it was discovered."

The one-story brick home was a rental property owned by Dan and Pamela Casto and built in the late 1950s, according to Joe Hayes, Statham's building inspector. Dan Casto declined to comment for fear of jeopardizing the investigation, he said.

Statham Police and BCFES are treating the fire as a criminal act. A reward up to $10,000 is offered to anyone giving information leading to the arrest of the suspected arsonist. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the arson hotline at 1-800-282-5804 or the Statham Police Department at 770-725-5992.

Two adults and two children lived in the home. The Children After the Fire program is available to help the children adjust to the traumatic effects of the fire.