Savannah Fire says 11-year-old accused in dental office arson

Crime & Safety

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials say an 11-year-old has been identified as the suspect accused of causing a major fire at a dental office in Savannah.

According to Savannah Fire Rescue, a surveillance camera on Saturday captured a person setting fire to pine straw at the back of the dental office of Phillip I. Friedman, located at 6803 Forest Park Dr.

On Thursday, the department released photos of the suspect and offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.

A day later, officials confirmed that a young boy was identified in the case. Because he’s a juvenile, his identity has not been released.

Savannah Fire says the child’s case has been turned over to the juvenile court system.

Firefighters responded to the dental office fire around 5 p.m. Saturday — about 30 minutes after they say the suspect was caught on camera — to find the building fully engulfed.

Crews quickly found that the fire was being fueled by a gas line. Savannah Fire says crews spent four hours blanketing the flames with water until the gas company was able to locate and cap the underground gas line.

News 3 is told the office was closed at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The building did, however, sustain extensive damage.

Savannah Fire says the boy was identified as the suspect Friday morning.

Dr. Friedman tells News 3 patient records were saved in his electronic storage system. He is currently working to find a temporary space for appointments. Anyone who needs immediate assistance is asked to contact 912-354-7693.

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