Gwinnett Fire officials believe an early morning fire at a Norcross-area apartment complex was an act of arson.
Capt. Tommy Rutledge said in an emailed media alert that an object was seen thrown through a bedroom window before the fire erupted in a ground-floor apartment at Highland Walk Apartments (Building 900) located at 6069 South Norcross Tucker Road. The fire occurred around 4 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.
No injuries were reported. Police officers were evacuating the building as fire crews arrived.
"This intentional act could have caused serious injury or even death to the occupants who were asleep inside the apartment at the time. We are fortunate that no one was hurt and that firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire," Rutledge said in the email.
Rutledge said investigators believe an “incendiary device [was] used to intentionally cause a fire.” No info was released on the device, nor a description of a suspect.
“Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1.800.282.5804. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers a reward of UP TO $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for arson.”
The fire caused extensive damage to the apartment, and moderate damage to a room in the apartment directly above.
The fire is still being investigated.