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Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson
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Gwinnett townhouse fire ruled arson

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A recent townhouse fire in Snellville has been ruled arson by the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

The fire broke out at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Highpoint Road. Gwinnett County Fire Lt. Colin Rhoden said it was spotted by a passerby. The fire started in a front room near the home's entryway and caused moderate damage.

Evidence at the scene led investigators to determine the fire was intentionally set, according to Rhoden. A similar fire in the same townhouse in September 2013 may have also been arson. Officials are now looking in to both fires.

Rhoden said no one was home at the time of Tuesday's fire.

Arson is a felony and carries a sentence of 1 to 20 years in jail. Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone who can help investigators is asked to call Gwinnett County Fire at 678-518-4890.

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