Arsonist torches Macon house

Macon-Bibb firefighters only had to look at the gas can in the window of a burning house to realize Wednesday morning’s fire was deliberately set.

Firefighters were called to 2729 Suwanee Ave. at about 5:15 a.m. after a neighbor headed to work noticed smoke coming from the brick house a few blocks off Pio Nono Avenue.

“Obvious signs of arson,” said Macon-Bibb fire investigator Steven Wesson said after inspecting the house.

Black trails on the floor and dark holes in the living room carpet show where gasoline-fueled flames burned briefly before going out on their own due to lack of oxygen, Wesson said.

The smell of burned fuel still hung in the drizzly air two hours after the fire. Melted blinds clung to the sill of a broken back window of the house that was partially boarded up but still had furniture inside.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Wesson at 751-9256 or 751-2700 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Anonymous tips could pay up to a $10,000 reward from the Georgia Arson Control Hotline, 800-282-5804.