Pickens County Man

PICKENS COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) -- A man accused of setting a fire at his own business was arrested Wednesday.

Tyler Jose Suarez, 23, is charged with one count of first degree arson after Bee’s Home Cooking, a restaurant he owned, was set on fire. 

“People who deliberately set fire to a structure, whether it be for insurance money or revenge, will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “Not only does arson put lives in danger, it causes insurance premiums to rise and hardworking Georgians to suffer," he said. 

The 3,698 square-foot building built in 1986 suffered moderate damage to the interior. Thankfully, police said no one was inside at the time of the fire.

Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and is not related to another restaurant fire that occurred in Pickens County in early October.

First degree arson is a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $50,000 or by a prison term between one and 20 years, or both.

Suarez was booked at the Pickens County Jail and has already posted bond.

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