Investigators say marina fire was no accident

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 11pm/ Monday July 8, 2013

Thomson, GA (WRDW)--- Raysville Marina is a part of Katrina Pentecost's family history.

"My husband and his partner have owned it for 28 years," said Pentecost.

As she pulled up to work Monday morning she could see flames coming out of the building. Investigators say the fire was not an accident. Pentecost isn't surprised and thinks it could be someone near by.

"Teenagers with nothing to do in the summer. Maybe not enough to do-- not enough supervision and just bored in the evening," she told News12.

Investigators haven't said if they've identified any suspects, but Pentecost hopes they find who's responsible.

"People could have lost their lives in this--they sure could have," she said.

The marina filled the pumps with gas in preparation for the coming weekend; so she says it's a miracle the pumps didn't explode, even though they were just feet away from the flames. The damage is extensive and is a big loss for the business, but Pentecost says boaters are losers here too -- considering the closest marina -- isn't all that close.

"At least 15 miles away maybe 20," Pentecost said.

Trash bags filled with melted cigarettes, snacks, and chips, surround the outside of the store, but despite that Pentecost won't quit. She's working to find a way to at least open temporarily this weekend and promises to rebuild.

"We will still be here. We are not going to give up. We are going to come back. We love all of y'all," said Pentecost.

Arson investigators are offering up to $10,000 for any information that leads to and arrest. So, if you heard or saw anything be sure to call 1-800-282-5804. The owner says they are still able to sell gas safely and she hopes regulars will still come by on the weekends.

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