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Another suspicious fire

October 4, 2017

LaFayette Fire Services, along with assisting agencies, responded to a commercial fire early Friday morning in LaFayette. Official are investigating to decide if it was an act of arson.

According to Fire Chief Stacey Meeks, around 2 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, firefighters responded to the latest suspicious commercial fire at the former Don Lolo Mexican Restaurant/former Dinner Bell in LaFayette.

The empty commercial structure still had active electrical power at its 202 South Main St. location, Meeks said.

Meeks said the Morgan Motel, which is attached to the structure, had to be evacuated during the fire as a precautionary measure.

The fire is suspicious in nature, Meeks said.

The State Fire Marshal was at the scene on Monday, Oct. 2, to investigate the fire as a possible case of arson.

In recent weeks, witnesses report observing suspicious activity around the building that could indicate the possibility of squatters using the building as a shelter.

Meeks credits the quick response from his firefighters as well as the assistance from the Walker County Emergency Services and Walker Correctional Fire Services, who all worked

together to contain the fire and keep it from spreading. Around 30 firefighters made quick response to put out the blaze early Saturday morning.

Firefighters fought the twostory blaze for around four hours, Meeks said.

No injuries occurred, Meeks said.

This latest fire draws similarities to the recent rash of arson fires within the city with the latest being on July 4.

The LaFayette Police Department and LaFayette Fire Services are working with the Georgia State Fire Marshal, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), and the ATF during these arson investigations.

Anyone with information or who noticed witnessed suspicious activity early Saturday morning near the latest blaze should contact the LaFayette Police Department at 706-639-1540.