Duluth business fire ruled arson

The fire that ravaged a Duluth business complex last month was set intentionally, Gwinnett County investigators said Tuesday.

Surveillance footage from June 25 shows young men lighting a picnic table and umbrella on fire on the back deck of the building on the 3600 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Investigators said the fire spread to an overhang and eventually the roof. When firefighters arrived, much of the building was engulfed in heavy flames and the fire had spread to the woods behind the complex.

“Fire investigators are trying to identify the individuals responsible and establish an exact motive in the case,” Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

The fire caused substantial damage to Suite 300 of the business complex, which houses Allied International Cleaning Services Inc., a commercial cleaning company. According to the fire department, the business was closed at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

Georgia Arson Control Inc., is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible. Contact the Gwinnett Fire investigations section at (678) 518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Control hotline at 1-800-282-5804.