COVINGTON, Ga. – An investigator with the Covington Fire Department is looking into a reported arson fire that occurred in the city early Tuesday morning.
According to a Covington Police Department incident report, Officer Mark Joyner responded to the home on Carr Circle at 12:40 a.m. on a report of a house fire. When Joyner arrived, he made contact with the homeowner, who said she has security cameras and gets notifications on her phone any time there is motion on one of the cameras.
She reportedly got a notification and saw a man outside, near the front porch area. The subject then ran down the driveway and back onto Carr Circle.
According to the report, the occupants smelled something burning and noticed a small, wooden table on the back porch was on fire. They called 911 and put the fire out before police and fire arrived.
Fire Marshal Joe Doss collected evidence and took photos at the scene. The suspect reportedly had poured gasoline at the front door area and the back porch, as well as on the victim’s car in the driveway. The only place set on fire was the back porch.
Doss said Thursday he was trying to obtain video in order to identify a suspect and determine the motivation for the incident.“The investigation is still active,” he said.