Investigation into arson that destroyed three historic homes reaches new level

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner’s office is now involved in the investigation into an arson that destroyed three historic homes in Clayton County.

Police in Morrow say someone set one home on fire early Saturday morning and the flames spread to the other two houses.

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The homes were in The District, a city-owned community space in Morrow.

“This is a very sad day for our community,” said Morrow Mayor John Lampl. “The loss of these beautiful, historic homes at the heart of our city is a cruel blow to the residents and community members who utilize this area. We grieve with our community, and with the business owners who have poured their dreams into this venue; and we are committed to identifying and holding responsible anyone who was involved in the catastrophic damage caused by this fire.”

Detectives and fire officials are working to learn the events that led up to the fire.


The Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner’s Fire Investigations Division is now examining the the scene where the homes burned.

“At the request of local police and fire officials, we have dispatched several arson investigators, including two K9 units,” said Commissioner John F. King.

No one was injured in the fire.

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Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward up to $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

You are asked to contact the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-252-5804 or Morrow Police at 770-961-4006 with any information.