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BREAKING NEWS: Molena House Fire Intentionally Set
Reward Offered For Information On This Case

MOLENA - The Pike County Fire Department released information regarding the fire at 56 Garland Street in Molena that caused significant damage to the 113 year old historic house. Pike County Times received information from both the Pike County Fire Department and the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office. Both are included below.

Pike County Fire Department Press Release

ZEBULON - The Pike County Fire Department responded to 56 Garland Street in Molena for reported working structure fire at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Upon arrival smoke and flames were showing.

Fire personnel were able to extinguish the flames and confirm there were no victims in the house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

All county stations responded personnel and apparatus and mutual aid was received from Meansville Volunteer Fire Department. The Pike County Sheriff's Office and Red Cross were also on scene.

Fire personnel responded to a small fire at this location around midnight on this date and quickly extinguished a fire originating from a container in the kitchen area.

Fire personnel remained on scene and confirmed no extensions had occurred. The Pike County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Press Release

ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a Pike County residential fire was intentionally set. The fire occurred at approximately 10:33 a.m. on July 11th on Garland Street in Molena and significantly damaged the 113-year-old, 1210-square-foot house.

“Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire was intentionally set and originated on the right side of the structure in a rear laundry room,” said Commissioner King.

“Anyone with information about this Pike County fire is invited to call my Fire Investigations Unit at 1-800-282-5804.”

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit is assisting the Pike County Fire Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.

In coordination with the State Fire Investigations Unit, a reward of up to $10,000 is offered by Georgia Arson Control for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for arson.


Pike County Times has confirmed that Charles Darden from Lansing, Kansas is the owner of the home.

More information will be added as it is made available.

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Submitted 7.12.21