Jesup mobile home fire ruled arson; reward offered for information

JESUP, GA (WTOC) - A weekend fire at a mobile home in Wayne County has been ruled an arson.

The fire happened at a residence on Womack Road in Jesup Saturday. It started in the master bedroom and destroyed the home.

A neighbor on Womack Road saw the flames Saturday night and called 911. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. A mother and her two children were displaced. The victim told fire crews she had moved out but still had property inside.

Investigators say several factors prompted them to call in the state fire marshals.

"We found out from the victim that there hadn't been power to the residence for at least a week to a week-and-a-half," said Investigator Shae Pruitt, Wayne County Sheriff's Office. "Without power, it's kind of iffy about what could have caused the fire."

Investigators aren't saying specifically what they found, but they're taking this very seriously.

"It could have been someone's home or not, could have been a child home or not. There could have been animals inside," said Inv. Pruitt.

Pruitt says they're following up on several leads to find whoever is responsible.

"This was somebody's home. These were their possessions and they lost everything. The children lost everything; their clothes to go to school," Pruitt said.

The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is asking anyone with information to call investigators. A reward up to $10,000 is being offered. Anyone with details in this case, no matter how small they may seem, is asked to get in touch with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office.

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