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Officials call fire arson
House burned Christmas Eve

SNELLVILLE - Gwinnett County investigators said a Christmas Eve house fire was set intentionally.

Firefighters initially responded to the vacant residence in the 4800 block of Heather Mill Trace at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday after neighbors reported flames and smoke coming from the roof. The two-story wood frame house sustained moderate to heavy damage to the second floor and the roof was burned off.

Investigators have determined that there were multiple points of ignition inside the home, according to reports, but would not say exactly where or how they believe the fires were started.

"That information is sensitive to the investigation and has not been released," said department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. "We are confident that these fires were intentionally set based on evidence found at the scene. Investigators are now trying to track down the person responsible."

The house belongs to a private investment company that had recently renovated the home and planned on putting it up for sale.

Rutledge said anyone with information is asked to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 or the Gwinnett Fire Arson and Explosives Unit at 678-518-4890. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the those responsible for arson.