Ocilla Police investigating possible arson

Ocilla Police investigating possible arson
The vandals also used the restroom on the floor, broke all of the bathroom pipes and set fire extinguishers off in the warehouse office.
The vandals also used the restroom on the floor, broke all of the bathroom pipes and set fire extinguishers off in the warehouse office.
The vandals spilled hydraulic oil out on the warehouse floor and set a bottle on fire after pouring gas in to it inside the warehouse.
The vandals spilled hydraulic oil out on the warehouse floor and set a bottle on fire after pouring gas in to it inside the warehouse.
This is an active crime scene and officials are investigating the situation as a possible arson.
This is an active crime scene and officials are investigating the situation as a possible arson.

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - The Osceola Cotton Co. was vandalized and and two bales of cotton caught on fire early Saturday morning.

Despite the damage, President Darrel Ross has a sense of humor about the situation.

"Look like they had a little party... without us," said Ross.

Ocilla Police said that between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. someone broke in, and vandalized one of the storage buildings. The burglars also set fire to two cotton bails.

"You see water everywhere and my order that was fixing to go out on the 17th of this month it was destroyed. Most of them knocked down ladders standing up on them," said Christy Hogan, an employee of Osceola Cotton Co.

According to the Warehouse Supervisor Shawn Kelly, vandals also spray painted the walls, used the restroom on the floor, broke all of the bathroom pipes and set fire extinguishers off in the warehouse office. The vandals also spilled hydraulic oil out on the warehouse floor and set a bottle on fire after pouring gas in to it, and over 30 bales of cotton were damaged inside the warehouse.

There was no structural damage done, but the cotton fire caused about $25 thousand in damage and officials found a cigarette next to one of the bales.

Ross said the estimated $25 thousand in damage won't effect them that much.

But Hogan said it still hurts to see anyone do this to her company, "It was just heart breaking to see somebody destroy what I consider my home away from home."

As business carried on, Ross said he's remaining calm.

"It's the only thing I can do because the other side of me don't need to come out right now," said Ross.

And Hogan just hoped that someone would turn themselves in.

"I really hope that you have a conscious and I hope that it bothers you enough that your going to take it," said Hogan.

On Monday the State Fire Marshals will be in Ocilla to investigate.

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