Woodstock Police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan said Tuesday the police and fire departments are working together to investigate the fire at the video game store, and are reviewing surveillance tapes to see if they can identify any suspects.
“They’re still following up on leads and tracking down (information),” Duncan said.
Duncan said authorities are asking the public for any information regarding the incident, and there are believed to be “at least one, and no more than four” suspects in the case.
The owner’s daughter, Elizabeth Brazelton, said her father, Troy Brazelton, had to undergo skin grafts at Grady Memorial Hospital as a result of second- and third-degree burns he received from the fire and that he is in “a lot of pain.”
“He is burnt with second- degree burns on his leg and has third-degree burns on his hand/arm,” his daughter wrote on Facebook on Monday. “According to the doctor he will need to have surgery, so he may be here for up to a week.”
Play N Trade was damaged by fire and water, and Duncan said the adjacent stores, Choi Kwang Do and Styl’N Hair Salon, also were damaged in the incident.
“Adjacent units had water damage due to the fire sprinkler system that was activated,” Duncan said.
A retired firefighter, Shane Shifflett, took photos as the incident unfolded, and said he was one of the first people on the scene.
“We topped the hill and saw smoke rolling, so I pulled over and started shooting photos,” Shifflett said. “When we arrived we saw smoke rolling and Engine 1 on the scene. Then we saw all kinds of apparatus going in. We saw the police with their weapons drawn, and they were saying something over the loud speaker.”
Shifflett said he saw emergency personnel take the owner out of the store, and said he could see “extensive burns on him.”
Woodstock Fire Chief Dave Soumas said Tuesday “everybody’s working hard on this case.”
Soumas said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the sprinkler system in the building would need to replaced.
Emergency operators received a call at 11:45 a.m. Sunday about a possible armed robbery at the Play N Trade, and when emergency personnel arrived they discovered “an active structure fire” inside the store, according to a press release from Sgt. Milligan, spokesman for the Woodstock Police Department.
Police asked if anyone has information about the incident to please call the Woodstock Police Department at (770) 592-6030.
Duncan said those who wish to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (770) 592-6021.