photo / Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office
Investigators inside Bee's Home Cookin' restaurant at 660 West Church Street in Jasper. Fire crews were dispatched at approximately 10:12 p.m. the evening of November 5.
Bee’s Home Cookin’ owner Tyler Suarez has been arrested for 1st degree arson for a fire that occurred at the West Church Street restaurant on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to a statement from Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office, which assisted with investigations along with their K-9 units, presented evidence to a local judge on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m.
“The judge felt there was sufficient evidence to issue a warrant for 1st degree Arson for Tyler Suarez, Owner of Bee’s Home Cookin’ Restaurant. Mr. Suarez was taken into custody by the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office shortly thereafter. He was released on bond sometime after that. This investigation is still ongoing at this time. As with any legal issue, Mr. Suarez is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
In initial reports, Jasper’s Assistant Fire Chief Von Headrick said the fire was contained to a storage area and hallway and only did damage to those areas. The dining and kitchen areas were not damaged.
In a press release from the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office dated November 7 that announced the fire was intentionally set, they acknowledged the recent arson at Mary Ann’s Restaurant in Jasper and said they were making apprehension of the “individual or individuals responsible for these fires a top priority for our office.”
The state press release goes on to state of Bee’s restaurant, “the 3,698 square-foot building suffered moderate damage. It was built in 1986, but has only housed Bee’s Home Cooking since January. No one was inside at the time of the fire.”
Rewards are offered of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s). Calls are taken 24 hours a day and callers can choose to remain anonymous. The Fire Investigations Unit can be reached at 1‐800‐282‐5804.