Authorities searching for person who set fire to Barrow house

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Barrow and Gwinnett authorities are seeking the public's help in figuring out who set fire to a vacant house and a stolen car.

At about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, 911 calls flooded the Barrow County's Emergency Services with reports of a structure fire on Ga. Highway 81 near Ga. Highway 316.

By the time firefighters arrived, spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin said, the home was already engulfed in flames.

"It was already collapsing in the middle of the structure upon the first engine arriving on scene," Dakin said.

Due to the amount of fire and extent of damage to the home, Dakin said, crews fought the fire from outside. The Fire and Investigation Team determined the cause of the blaze as an "intentional human act," reports said.

Barrow County Emergency Services and the Sheriff's Department are conducting the investigation.

On Friday morning, just after 11 a.m., Gwinnett firefighters discovered a white 1996 Cadillac on fire inside a detached garage in the 4300 block of McCord Livsey Road in Snellville. The car, which had been reported stolen out of Jonesboro, was destroyed and the garage sustained moderate damage, said Gwinnett Fire spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Fire investigators believe that whoever stole the car abandoned it and set it on fire to hide their crime. Neighbors said the property has been vacant for some time, according to reports.

Authorities are urging anyone with information on either case to call the Arson Hotline at 800-282-5804. The Georgia Arson Control Board is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.