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August 8--  A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the fire that destroyed a church in the Ponderosa Community of Toombs County early Sunday.


Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says a car was seen leaving the Oasis Church of God just a short while before it was engulfed in flames about two a.m. Sunday.

"Right now what the Fire Marshal's office is trying to do is look through the scene and see if any of the church guitars and sound system are still there.  Typically when you have a church fire like this, it's a burglary and they set if on fire when they leave," Sheriff Kite reports.

If you have information, call the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, 526-6778.

Meanwhile, lightning struck a house early Saturday evening at 3801 Lyons-Center Road.  The resulting fire caused extensive damage to the home of Judy and David Hart who were not there but arrived home in time to save the family dog and move a vehicle from their carport.

Sheriff Kight also reports the serious injury of a Toombs County man in an auto accident.  He says Tracy McDaniel was found trapped under his vehicle on the Ezra Taylor Road Friday night.  The sheriff says he was taken to a Savannah hospital in critical condition.