Meriwether County officials have arrested a man in connection with three separate fires that investigators suspect were intentionally set.
Sheriff Chuck Smith says his department, along with the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office investigated several fires in relation to arson. Officials arrested suspect Michael Wright on what they believe was sufficient physical evidence and information gathered through various interviews. Wright, a 25-year-old man from Gay, Ga., is currently in Meriwether County Jail without bond.
Officials suspect Wright of a woods fire that broke out July 16 on Wildwood Court in Gay. Investigators also believe Wright is responsible for two house fires at the same location. Officials say on July 19 and July 23, Meriwether Fire Department responded to the house fires in the 100 block of Pinewood Drive in Gay. In the July 19 incident, fire crews say the house sustained moderate damage to its exterior. However, on the July 23 incident, they say the house suffered extensive internal damage as well.
Wright faces several initial charges, including two counts of arson, burning of woodlands and burglary.
“I am very pleased that our investigators were able to bring these incidents to a successful conclusion with the arrest of the perpetrator in these incidents,” Sheriff Smith said in a statement.
“We are fortunate that no one got injured in these incidents and that the fire personnel were able to extinguish these fires before they spread and endangered others and their property.”