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Group offers reward for information in arson case

BUFORD - A statewide anti-arson group is offering up to $10,000 for tips leading to whoever sent a Buford mobile home up in flames on July 4.

The fire struck a single-wide trailer in the 100 block of Kent Road just before 1 a.m., leaving two adults homeless, an official said. No injuries were reported.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said investigators on Monday ruled the blaze was the result of arson.

"They're not releasing anything specific," said Rutledge. "They were comfortable in saying they believe the fire was intentionally set."

Georgia Arson Control Inc. is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the fire, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said neighbors initially reported the fire, which ruined the mobile home and melted the exterior of a nearby unit. Crews had the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes, he said.

"It's one of those fires they could see from a distance," Rutledge said.

The Red Cross provided assistance for the two occupants displaced by the damage.

The Fire Department urges anyone with information about the Buford fire to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.