Walker County Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Camp on Tuesday said investigators do not have any leads in the fire at 403 Five Points Road. They suspect the fire was probably started to cover a burglary.
Local investigators teamed with the state fire marshal to investigate the suspicious fire. Camp said they determined someone entered the house through the back door and soaked the bedroom with a combustible liquid.
The fire started in the bedroom and burned through the house's exterior wall, he said.
Fire damage was confined to the master bedroom, Camp said. The rest of the house was damaged by smoke.
The resident, a 75-year-old woman, was visiting relatives out of town for the holiday. She reported some personal items had been taken from the residence.
Anyone who has information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this crime is asked to call Walker County Fire and Rescue at (706) 764-1900, Walker County Sheriff's Department at (706) 375-7810, or the state arson hotline at (800) 282-5804.
Camp hopes the reward, offered by the Georgia Arson Control program, will generate information that can help solve the case, he said.
The fire chief said he lamented that the homeowner experienced such a substantial loss, especially during the holiday season.
A passing motorist reported the fire about 4 a.m.
Firefighters doused the blaze within five to 10 minutes