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Reward offered for information regarding arson fire at apartment complex

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Source: Gwinnett County Fire Department Source: Gwinnett County Fire Department

The Georgia Arson Control, Inc. is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for intentionally setting two fires at an occupied apartment complex.

The fires were reported Tuesday at the Brentwood Down Apartments on Pleasant Hill Road in unincorporated Lilburn. 

“We are fortunate that these fires could be put out quickly and that no loss of life or major damage occurred,” said Gwinnett Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge. “The fires were set in a manner that would block the egress of occupants from the building, thus placing a number of people in extreme danger."

Fire investigators found a gas can in the stairwell and smelled a strong odor of gasoline in the burned areas.

One woman was initially trapped on her balcony and was unable to use the stairwell to escape due to the smoke and heat. The woman was assisted out by police and a neighbor and was uninjured. 

The fire caused minor damage to the exterior siding material in two separate areas of the breezeway on the second floor and ground level, but did not spread inside the individual apartment units.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to please contact the Gwinnett County Fire Investigations Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1.800.282.5804.  

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