Arson suspected in overnight fire, burglary at East Macon convenience store
MACON, Ga. -- Early Wednesday morning, Macon-Bibb fire crews fought to put out a blaze at the Pacecar Express convenience store in East Macon.
Arson investigator Lt. Ben Gleaton said they have reason to believe the fire was caused by arson.
The store located at 2243 Shurling Drive has been without power since Monday, due to the effects of Tropical Storm Irma that left several neighborhoods without power across Macon.
Macon-Bibb County firefighters were called shortly after 2 a.m. for what was initially reported as a grass fire, but when crews arrived on scene it turned out to be much more.
Lt. Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said that the store was also burglarized in the process of the arson, though an employee said it is not clear yet what was taken.
The employee said the store has only been open for about five months.
Arson hotline posters announce a $10,000 reward for information leading to information about the arson.
The fire is still under investigation, anyone with info about the incident is urged to contact investigators at (478) 751-7500 or call the Macon Regional Crime Line at 877-68CRIME.