ATLANTA — Atlanta Fire Department released new images from its investigation into a Wendy’s fire during protests Saturday night.
The fire destroyed the fast-food restaurant off University Avenue, where 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta officer. The investigation into his death is ongoing.
Atlanta police previously released photos of two women connected to the fire. Today, fire officials released clearer photos of one of the women.
Chief Fire Investigator James Oliver said the fire was started in multiple locations using everything from homemade blow torches to fireworks.
There are multiple suspects but quality photos are only available of two of them, according to Oliver.
Atlanta Fire Chief Randall Slaughter said peaceful protests don’t need to be overshadowed by a crime like this.
“Solving this arson crime has become a top priority for me,” he said. “The setting of fires is a distraction from the message that the demonstrators and protesters are trying to put forward.”
A Channel 2 viewer recorded a video on Saturday night. It clearly shows a white woman in shorts with a pony tail spraying something into the flames at the restaurant. She smiles and nods and walks away from the restaurant as flames spread.
Atlanta police shared a second video of the same woman on their Twitter account and still photos of a second woman dressed in black with an aerosol can.
The Atlanta Police Foundation says a lot of tips have come in to CrimeStoppers Atlanta after they posted a $10,000 reward for her arrest.
Today, the Georgia Arson Control Board is offering up to an additional $10,000 for arrest and conviction.
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