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Man arrested in connection to massive Glennville fire

Jonathan Shane Culbreth, (Source: Tattnall Co. Jail) Jonathan Shane Culbreth, (Source: Tattnall Co. Jail)
GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Officials say one man has been arrested in connection to a massive fire in downtown Glennville, early Sunday morning. 

City leaders held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the fire that destroyed multiple businesses and announce that 20-year-old Jonathan Culbreth of Long County faces four counts of arson. 

Glennville Police and Fire announced ATF investigators have classified the downtown fire as arson.

Emotions are turning from heartbreak to anger as this news sinks in. Terry Woods will never forget what he saw Sunday morning, after a phone call woke him up and got him out of bed. 

"I turned the corner and looked at my building, just burning. It was heart wrenching," he said. 

Woods' auction building burned in the fire, along with the rest of the block. Investigators say they have video of someone running away just as the fire started. 

"The suspect is described as a white male, slender build, wearing dark clothing," said Lt. Kevin Keyfaver, Glennville Police. 

"I can't believe that somebody would set that building on fire, as much as it means to not only me, but to this community," Woods said. "They better not leave me alone with him for too long...but I would ask him, one 'why would you do something like this?' It just doesn't make sense why anybody would want to even think about doing something like this."

Some can't imagine such a crime in their close-knit community. 

"...Never would entertain the idea that somebody would hold grudges or hardship," said Glennville resident, Jackie Dasher. 

As Woods and the other business owners recover, the community continues to pull together.

"I've had offer after offer of people helping me, offering buildings and stuff," Woods said. 

Investigators are working to enhance the images they captured. We will update this story with them as soon as we receive them.

"This is a close-knit community. I'm confident we can get this information to the public, and someone will come forward to help us find the person who did this to our city," said Mayor Chris Roessler, Glennville. 

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest or conviction.

If you have any information on this case, call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 800.282.5804.

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