Fire at old GA schoolhouse ruled as arson - FOX Carolina 21

Fire at old GA schoolhouse ruled as arson

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Franklin County, GA (FOX Carolina) -

Days on from a fire that gutted an old schoolhouse, smoke is still rising from the remains.

Investigators said a fire was intentionally set at a building known as the Sandy Cross School in Franklin County, south of Carnesville.  The fire started sometime early Monday morning.

"It was jut a red glow," said Fire Chief Ronnie Roach.  "It lit up around here.  It's the biggest fire we've had in this community in years."

Authorities said the cause of the fire and location of where it started are a part of the investigation.

The schoolhouse served as a community center prior to the fire, but has a previous history as the Maranatha Children's Home and school.  The fire destroyed most of the building.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 1-800-282-5804.

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