Racial slur found on building burned in Rockdale County fire

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as an arson an early Sunday morning fire at a business where a racial slur was found written on the outside of the building.

The building that housed Cable Broadband & Telecommunications on General Arts Road near Conyers was completely burned on the inside during the blaze, which occurred around 3 a.m., according to an incident report.

Officers found the racial slur spray painted in black paint on the front garage door in all capital letters, according to the report. A pair of blue latex gloves was found on the ground on the street in front of the building.

The owner of the business, Christopher Thomas, said he was called to the scene by a former employee, the report said. Thomas told officers business had been slow and he had just laid off several workers, including the former employee who called him, according to the report.

“For now, we have investigators working with the fire marshal on the arson,” Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Michael Camp said in an email. “There are a lot of ex-employees and business issues that the owner has dealt with recently, so we’re looking into all that.”

The company’s website describes itself as ”American veterans working for small business owners.” It says the company was started in 1998 as CBT Enterprise.