Cornelia fire under investigation for arson; resident in custody on aggravated assault and robbery charges

Cornelia - The house fire that took place this past Tuesday has been ruled arson, according to a news release provided by the Georgia Department of Insurance. 

The fire took place at 167 Slayton Street in Cornelia at a single-story, wood-frame home, where the resident was around 80 years of age. In the release, it states that the front steps are where the most damage occurred.

The fire was determined to have been intentionally set, according to the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office. The fire is still under investigation and The City of Cornelia Fire Department and City of Cornelia Police Department are assisting with this investigation. 

The Insurance and Safety Commissioner’s Office wants the public to know that “anyone with knowledge about this fire should call the Arson Hotline at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s). Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous.”

UPDATE: On July 4th, a resident from this address, John Barnette Edmonds, was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault and Burglary.  It is currently unclear if this is in relation to the Arson investigation or if this is a separate incident. WCHM will update this story once more information is made available by the Cornelia Police Department.