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Snellville fire may be arson

SNELLVILLE - Fire investigators are exploring the possibility that a Snellville residential fire in the predawn hours of Sunday was intentionally set.

Investigators spent much of Sunday morning combing debris and interviewing neighbors in the 4600 block of Beau Point Court and Grand Manor Trail. The blaze burned off the roof and caused heavy damage throughout one home, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

No injuries were reported.

"We haven't labeled the fire arson, but at this point we're calling the circumstances surrounding the blaze suspicious," Rutledge said.

Neighbors reported the fire at 3:08 a.m., and firefighters rendered it under control about 30 minutes later, Rutledge said.

Witnesses recalled seeing an individual at the house as it went up in flames - someone who later bolted.

"We believe that we now know who the individual is," Rutledge said Monday afternoon. "It's still unknown at this point whether the individual is an occupant of the house or not."

Authorities declined to identify that person Monday.

The home is reportedly lived-in, but no one was there when the fire department arrived. Rutledge was unsure if the home was for sale or not.

Radiant heat caused cosmetic damages to the exterior walls of three neighboring houses, Rutledge said.

Rutledge urged anyone with further information to call fire investigators at 678-518-4890.