SAVANNAH, GA (June 11, 2015): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are asking the public to help identify anyone seen leaving an eight-apartment building in west Chatham County that was destroyed by a deliberately set fire June 4.
The section of Ocho Rios Villa Apartments on Westgate Court were engulfed in flames when Southside Fire and Emergency Services arrived at 9:46 a.m. Three occupants were transported for treatment of minor injuries after jumping from windows to escape the fire.
Two prior incidents – one involving an attempt to start a fire — in were reported in the building on the two days before the fire.
All apartments in the building were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable in the fire that appeared to be started with the use of accelerants, possibly through the use of a container that was thrown through a window. Accelerants also seemed to have been applied to a stairway leading to upstairs apartments.
Metro detectives are working with state fire investigators in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.