CONYERS- The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) is currently investigating how a local business caught fire early Sunday morning.
Deputies arrived at the business, Cable Broadband Telecommunication located at 1601 General Arts Road, around 3:15 a.m. to find the front of the building and three vehicles on fire, according to the incident report.
The building was completely burned on the inside, and a racial slur, the N-word, was spray painted in black paint in all capital letters on the front door of the garage, according to the report.
Deputy Yalonda Shields, also found a pair of blue latex gloves on the street in front of the building.
About 20 minutes after deputies arrived, Christopher Thomas, the owner of the business and a black man, arrived at the scene. He told deputies that a former employee called him and told the business was on fire.
He also told deputies that business has been slow so he recently laid off several workers, and he is in the midst of a lawsuit.
The incident is being investigated as an arson, and RCSO spokesperson Cpl. Michael Camp said that no arrests have been made.
“We're still talking with the business owner and are trying to develop suspects,” said Camp. “There are a lot of ex-employees and at least one pending lawsuit, so there might be several potential suspects based on the list we develop.”