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HFD: Fire that damaged businesses intentional
Fire investigators believe last week's fire was started intentionally. - photo by Lainey Standiford

A fire that destroyed Jungle Jake’s and badly damaged Howe 2 Run may have been intentionally set, according to a press release from City of Hinesville Public Relations Manager Whitney Morris.

"After their investigation, the Hinesville Fire Department believes the fire on the morning of Wednesday, March 27 was intentionally started," she wrote in a statement.

The fire was reported around 2 a.m.. Firefighters arrived to billows of thick black smoke emanating from the building. As the roof gave way flames rose high above the roof top. Firefighters worked until 8 a.m. extinguishing the flames.

"Anyone with information regarding the fire should please contact Captain Robert Kitchings or Captain Jerry Heath with the Hinesville Fire Department at 912-876-4143," Morris said in the release.

Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction for persons responsible. All reports made are confidential. To file a report, please call Georgia Arson Control at 1-800-282-5804.

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Hinesville Fire Department Captain Robert Kitchings gives an update on fire at Jungle Jakes.
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