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Arson suspected in Publix fire

LEESBURG, Ga. — A Sunday-afternoon fire at the Lee County Publix is being investigated as arson by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office.

Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the insurance commissioner’s office, said the fire was set at around 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the 1212 U.S. 19 South grocery store. No injuries were reported, and the blaze was extinguished by the store’s sprinkler system. Customers and employees were evacuated.

Investigators estimate damage at the store to have been around $1,000.

“Anyone who would set fire to an occupied building should be considered extremely dangerous,” Hudgens said. “I want to remind everyone that any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be important.”

Allen said Hudgens and the Georgia Arson Control Board are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

“We’re asking anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they might think it is, to come forward,” Allen said.

Anyone with information that might aid in the investigation, which Allen said is ongoing, is asked to call the state’s arson hotline at (800) 282-5804.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

WTF is this about???? Some dumbass didn't feel like coming to work on Monday morning? About PAR FOR THE COURSE IN SOWEGA, RIGHT?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

If you burn up the lettuce you won't have to make the Salad for dinner, right? If you burn up the beef, you won't have to cook a steak for supper, right? If you burn up the Dairy counter, you won't have to bring home some Milk, right? If you burn up the Bread aisle, you won't have to bring home a loaf, right? SO SOLVING THIS CRIME SHOULD BE PRETTY D*** EASY, COPS.........RIGHT??????????????????????????????????

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 10 months ago

Walb says it was in the restroom... no cameras... but it dont think it said which restroom.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Should be cameras near restrooms to make sure customers don't carry merchandise in to load up on.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 10 months ago

Aren't there tons of cameras in these stores? You should be able to catch someone starting a fire on film, right? Did it start on the sales floor or in the back? The article needs more info.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Hard to believe someone could start a fire in a grocery store without someone seeing something suspicious, but then again depends on where the fire was started.

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kingd00 1 year, 10 months ago

Think it was started in the restroom in the front of the store. Anyway, that's what my aunt said the manager told her.

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TheBoss 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't throw a lit match in the toilet while you are doing your business.

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Moe 1 year, 10 months ago

Does anyone know where Judy Bowles was at the time this fire was set? After all, this is a business that employs people, just the kind of target for her and her cronies.

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