UPDATE: Valdosta restaurant fire investigated as possible arson

UPDATE: Valdosta restaurant fire investigated as possible arson

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - On Monday, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at Andy’s Wings, at 118 West MLK Jr. Drive, at the intersection of Toombs Street.

After investigating, the department said it appears the cause was arson.

Aftermath of fire at Andy Wings and Things.
Aftermath of fire at Andy Wings and Things. (Source: WALB)

“It’s All Good, Andy Wings and Things” has been in business for seven years. Oscar Lee Griffith, Jr. is one of the owners. He said on Monday, between 11:45 to midnight, he got a call that his restaurant was on fire.

Griffith said he rushed over and when he arrived, the fire department, ambulance and police were on the scene. The flames were almost out by then.

“We plan on rebuilding, we are asking the community to help us out. We want to have this in the community for the people and it’s insane someone would come in and try to take something from the community,” said Griffith.

Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell was there and said the first fire unit arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the building.

“The business itself was unable to provide us with any type of surveillance, however, there are some other options in the neighborhood that we are following up on now,” said Boutwell.

Boutwell said the Valdosta Police Department is investigating too and they are following some leads.

The restaurant is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so there was no one inside when the fire happened.

Griffith said he has no idea who it could’ve been or why.

“We put everything we had to get this building up and now it’s down, so we need help to rebuild,” said Griffith.

Anyone with information can call (229) 333-1835 or (1-800) 282-5804.

The Georgia Arson Control agency offers rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for arson.

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