A mechanical failure is believed to be the source of an explosive Wednesday night blaze at a firewood company in White County.
About 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to the commercial fire at Southern Legacy Wood Products, formerly known as Mount Yonah Lumber at 1605 Helen Highway.
"On scene, firefighters found a fully-involved fire of a 40-by-40 by 20-foot-high metal building that was filled to the roof with firewood being processed,” said White County Public Safety Director David Murphy.
Murphy said the company processes firewood to be sold by kiln drying it.
"The origin of the fire was determined to be the kiln itself that was full of firewood, which caused explosions resulting in the metal roof and other portions of the building to ‘blow-off’,” Murphy said.
A Wilkinson County man is charged with arson after he reportedly admitted to lighting his own home on fire.
According to a news release, investigators arrested 23-year-old Jason Moore, of Gordon, on Feb. 19 on one charge of first degree arson.
The arrest came a day after the fire off Elam Road in Wilkinson County. Investigators say the fire was called in on Feb. 18, and it destroyed a 2007 Coachman Camper and damaged an 8x16' metal building nearby.
In an interview with investigators, Moore allegedly admitted to setting the fire.
“Mr. Moore intentionally set fire to the bedding inside the camper, which had a pile of clothes on top of it,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.
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The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple they believe set a home on fire over the weekend.
Alex Rowe and Heather Gay were both charged with criminal damage to property, first degree arson and aggravated assault.
Deputies responded to a home on Neil Avenue on Saturday.
The sheriff’s office said the two got into an argument and one of them poured gas on the home and set it on fire. The sheriff’s office said they haven’t determined who poured the gas.
A witness told deputies that Rowe and Gay left after the fire was started.
Investigators said the house is a complete loss and one person was inside the home while it was burning.
The victim, who is disabled, was hospitalized, according to the sheriff’s office.
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