A 36-year-old man was arrested for torching his uncle's Newnan home on Monday, police said.
Cedric Deante Prather was arrested less than an hour after firefighters arrived at the Westgate Park Drive home. He was charged with first-degree arson. "Mr. Prather, in the interview, did admit to starting the fire, but would not give us an explanation why," said Newnan Police Sgt. Mike Condit.
Police said Prather, who is the owner’s nephew and lived at the home at the time, had been seen earlier Monday walking around the property with a gas can. Fire investigators said the home went up quickly from the fast-spreading fire, fueled by gasoline on the inside. Four people were inside and everyone made it out safely.