Royston Law Firm Fire Ruled Arson

December 19, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


The State Fire Marshall’s office has ruled a fire set at a Royston law office early Tuesday is arson.

That’s according to State Fire Marshal Glen Allen.

“The cause of the fire is arson and the case remains open,” said Georgia State Fire Marshall Glen Allen. “The Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators are interviewing suspects at this time. As of 10:30p Tuesday night, they had not made any arrest.”

Agents with the ATF and the State Fire Marshall’s office spent most of Tuesday combing through the rubble of the Mays and Roger Davison law offices on SR17 just outside of Royston.

According to Royston Fire Chief Billy Parham, fire broke out at the law offices on SR17 in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said Wednesday morning, it was clear the fire was suspicious by what investigators found.

“Upon their arrival they found that a window had been broken out of the building, and several other things out of place. At that point the scene was worked as if it were arson, law enforcement agencies are working on the investigation”, said Stevie Thomas. “Items collected at the scene were transported to the GBI Crime Lab.”

Thomas said they are currently waiting on the results of DNA evidence from the GBI Crime Lab.

Those results are expected, according to Thomas, in ten to 15 days.

At one point Tuesday, authorities thought they have caught a suspect.

However, authorities now believe that person, who was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants, is not connected to the law firm fire.

We will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.