Brookhaven, GA, July 5, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – A $10,000 award is being offered for information in a suspected arson fire case that damaged part of St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven on the morning of July 4th. A surveillance photo of a suspect was released Tuesday by DeKalb County Fire Rescue and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Additionally, Investigators indicate a surveillance video shows a person entering and leaving St. Martin’s.
Firefighters contained the fire to Claiborne Hall after they cut holes in the roof to provide ventilation, a technique used to keep the fire from spreading. According to DCFR Battalion Chief DeJuan Gilchrist, the call came in around 6:30 AM and firefighters first on the scene found the building which contains the Science Lab under heavy fire and smoke.
Chief Gilchrist said firefighters had to be careful not to disturb the scene as much as possible so that arson investigators could process it and a broken window and the initial amount of fire is what raised their initial suspicion the fire was deliberately set.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is located at 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Rd in Brookhaven.
Authorities are urging persons with any information to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 800-282-5804.