UGA blaze in library ruled arson

SomeOne writes Reports Georgia’s main campus library had a fire that did an estimated $1.5 million in damage.

Although initial reports were that a section of the library housing rare books had burned, the majority of the damage occurred on another floor.

“It is clearly an intentionally set fire,” state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said. “I’m looking forward to putting someone in jail because of this.”

The fire broke out Wednesday just before 6 p.m. on the second floor of the library, where federal and state records are housed, Oxendine said.

Damage could have been far worse, officials said, if the blaze had spread to the third floor, which houses the university’s rare book collection. The third floor suffered only minor damage, Oxendine said.