Ashburn house fire ruled arson, person of interest being questioned

Ashburn house fire ruled arson, person of interest being questioned
A home was a total loss in an arson fire that broke out early Monday morning. (Source: WALB)
A home was a total loss in an arson fire that broke out early Monday morning. (Source: WALB)

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - The state fire marshal has ruled an early Monday morning house fire in Ashburn an arson.

The Ashburn police chief said a person of interest has been taken in for questioning.

Ashburn Fire Chief Jamie Turner said three people were able to get out of the home safely.

Allen said flammable liquid that was thrown through the window was what started the blaze.

According to the Ashburn Police Department's Facebook page, police, Ashburn Fire and Rescue, Turner County Fire and Rescue and Turner County EMS responded to a fire in the 300 block of East College Avenue around 1 a.m.

Turner said they called in the Georgia Fire Marshal's Office to investigate. On Tuesday afternoon, investigators determined it was arson.

"The community is what helps get these criminals off the streets.  Without their help, it would be hard on some of these convictions.  As long as the community gets out and helps, it's a big help for the police and fire," said Ashburn Fire Chief James Turner.

Anyone with any information on the fire is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.

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