HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) - Around 1:15 Tuesday morning, a resident who lives on Carswell St. in Homerville called 911 after noticing that the back porch of the vacant home next to him was on fire.
About half an hour later, a burglar alarm went off at Heritage Builders Supply at the other end of town. When police arrived, they found a window smashed out and several shotguns and rifles missing from the store.
The police department was not releasing the exact number, makes, and models of the guns Friday afternoon.
The house had no utilities connected to it at the time of the fire, so the fire marshal and police department are labeling it an arson. No one was hurt in the fire, but the house was a total loss.
"I think what happened is, they ignited the house. When all the officers rushed to that call, then they broke into the hardware store," said Homerville Police Chief Lonnie Webb.
The hardware store does have surveillance cameras, but Chief Webb said the cameras were not working at the time of the burglary.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Homerville Police Department at(912) 487-5306.