Royston Law Firm Fire Ruled Arson


The State Fire Marshal’s office has ruled that a fire set at a Royston law office early Tuesday is arson.

That is according to State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office Spokesman Glenn Allen.

“The cause of the fire is arson and the case remains open,” said Allen. “The Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators are interviewing suspects at this time. As of 10:30 Tuesday night, they had not made any arrest.”

Agents with the ATF and the State Fire Marshal’s office spent most of Tuesday combing through the rubble of the Mays and Roger Davison law offices on State Route 17 just outside of Royston.

According to Royston Fire Chief Billy Parham, fire broke out at the law offices in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning.

Franklin County Sheriff  Stevie Thomas said it was clear the fire was suspicious by what investigators found.

“Upon investigators’ arrival, they found a window had been broken out of the building and several things out of place,” Thomas said Wednesday. “From that time forward, it was worked as an arson. Sheriff’s office investigators, GBI Crime Scene unit, and the Georgia Fire Marshall’s office have been working together. Items, along with DNA was taken to the GBI Crime lab for analysis and this investigation is ongoing.” 

Thomas said they are currently waiting on the results of DNA evidence from the GBI Crime Lab.

He said that those results are expected in 10 to 15 days.