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Rash of arsons in Gwinnett County

6:01 AM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Fire Department is hoping someone recognizes an arsonist captured on a video surveillance camera torching a homeowner's pickup.

It happened in the driveway of a home on Trailing Ivy Way in Buford. The video shows a four-door sedan pulling past the house and turning around. 

Gwinnett Fire spokesperson Colin Rhoden said it appears the driver drops off a man who then runs up to the pickup truck, breaks a window and throws what looks like a handmade explosive. The cab lights up with flames and the arsonist runs off.

"This is definitely a case of someone being targeted. It does not look random," Rhoden said.

That incident is the latest in a rash of arson cases across Gwinnett County that fire officials say are not related, but they admit it is extremely odd.  There have been six intentionally set fires in just over two months.

On May 20, someone used an explosive inside the Atlanta GYN-OB on Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn.   The facility is still closed. Boards still cover the windows and there is a renovation company doing repairs.

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Not far from there sits The Georgia Medical Center on Pleasant Hill Road.  An arsonist torched it on June 27.

Fire investigators believe home on Vivid Drive in Stone Mountain was also the target of an arsonist in late June.

In July, not one but two homes in foreclosure in a neighborhood in Loganville were burned down. The first was on Range Heights Terrace in Loganville. The second home is on Red Rose Court around the corner.

Investigators have posted reward signs at each location along with the department's arson hotline number hoping someone calls with a tip.

"On top of it being a crime, with it being as hot and dry as it is, it can cause other issues such as bigger fires and a lot more danger to people and property," Rhoden said.

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