Historic Sycamore house fire is arson

Historic Sycamore house fire is arson
(Source: Brian Brown)
(Source: Brian Brown)
A publicity shot from the film that shot at the house (Blackfight Studios) last year
A publicity shot from the film that shot at the house (Blackfight Studios) last year

SYCAMORE, GA (WALB) - On May 2, a 127 year old Sycamore house burned to the ground. Now, after a thorough investigation, that blaze has been ruled arson.

The Turner County Fire chief said the State Arsons Office is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Brian Brown of Vanishing South Georgia reports: According to owner Chris NeSmith, it was built in 1888 by Edwin and Marianna Smith. They came to Sycamore from Somerton, Virginia,  when the railroad was connecting here.

The call came in at 3:34 and two minutes later, it was engulfed in flames. The 19th century home, built in 1889, was vacant. Firefighters arrived just two minutes after getting the call.

"As far as something this big, it's been five or ten years as far as having something this large," said Turner County fire chief Mark Robinson.

Crews used 20,000 gallons of water over a four hour period to get the massive blaze under control.

Three different departments responded and all were uninjured. They worked diligently to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes and businesses.

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