Officers and detectives with the Milledgeville Police Department, as well as local fire officials are looking into a suspicious Monday morning house fire that may have been deliberately set, The Union-Recorder has learned.
The residents of the house, a woman and her daughter, were not at home at the time the fire was reported, about 5:30 a.m, according to Milledgeville Fire Rescue Chief William Collier.
The fire was contained to the front portion of the single-story wood-frame dwelling, including the porch, front doorway, and living room, Collier said.
The house is located in the 1300 block of South Jefferson Street.
“The fire is currently under investigation,” Collier said, noting fire officials and city police were possibly dealing with arson.
The fire chief said police responded to several calls related to threats at the residence following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old on Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Huddle House, located at 300 East Hancock Street in Milledgeville.
“We are working this fire as possible arson at this time,” Collier told the newspaper Monday afternoon.
Collier said he believes the fire started at the front entrance of the house, based on damages.
“Specifically, we think the fire started around the front door,” Collier said. “And we know from the police department, who actually ran several calls last night to this address, that someone in the neighborhood was intentionally threatening the occupants of that home.”
The fire chief said they retrieved some evidence from the scene of the fire and have sent it off to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory to determine what was used to start the fire.
“At this time, the fire remains under investigation,” Collier said.