Co-owner burns down a restaurant then kills himself two hours later

Monroe County investigators say the fire that destroyed a High Falls bar last week was arson.

According to Anna Lewis with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says they've studied surveillance video from another business that shows co-owner Gary Lawrence taking out the trash, leaving the building with smoke pouring out, and driving away.

Authorities say Lawrence killed himself at his ex-wife's house in Macon about two hours later.

Lewis says they're still not sure how Lawrence set the fire, but because he is dead, she said they may never know his motive for setting the fire.

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Tags: Co owner burns down, Fire, Blaze, Smoke

Location: Monroe County