LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Fire investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined a fire that occurred last month at a Lowndes County bar was intentionally set.
Now, they're searching for a suspect.
Authorities say the fire was set at the exterior of the Station Sports Bar on Baytree Place in Remerton, Georgia, just after 3 a.m. on Jan. 8.
During the investigation, video surveillance from the bar was obtained that shows a man wearing a hoodie and dark pants, setting the fire and then leaving the scene in a dark-colored sedan.
Police say the vehicle used to flee the scene has a decal located on the back right window. At this time, investigators are asking the public for help identifying this individual.
“Unfortunately, the structure was completely destroyed by the blaze, but we are confident that someone in the area knows who the man is in the surveillance footage,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “If you have any information on this individual, I ask that you call my Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804.”
Investigators say rewards are being offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s).
Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.
The Remerton Police Department and Valdosta Fire Department are assisting Commissioner King’s Criminal Investigations Division with this investigation.