Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that his personnel along with the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office conducted an investigation into a residential fire that occurred on 12/08/2015 at 1981 Coleman Creek Circle, Luthersville, Ga. This investigation has resulted in an arrest being made for the offense of Arson 1st Degree.
“On December 8, 2015 around 12:58 p.m. the Meriwether County Fire Department responded to 1981 Coleman Creek Circle, Luthersville, Ga. in regard to an active structure fire. Upon the fire department extinguishing the fire which was in the kitchen area of the residence it was determined to be of a suspicious nature. Our patrol units responded to the location upon the initial call of the structure fire. The property owner reported to our patrol supervisor that the residence was rental property and that he suspected that the fire had been intentionally set. A dispossessory notice had been served at the location at around 08:52 a.m. by our personnel. Our investigator responded to the location for further investigation into this matter. We also contacted the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office and they had one of their investigator’s respond. Our investigator prepared and obtained a search warrant for the location. Upon the State Fire Marshal’s arrival at the location we then executed the search warrant. The fire marshal obtained samples from the scene. Further investigation into this matter by both agencies led to the arrest of the tenant identified as Dewy Lee Waters, W/M, 62 years of age, of 1981 Coleman Creek Circle, Lutherville, Ga. On 12/09/2015 Waters was arrested on a warrant obtained by state fire marshal investigator for the offense of Arson 1st Degree and was transported to the Meriwether County Jail.” Sheriff Smith stated.
“I appreciated the effort put forth by my personnel and all supporting agencies in making this arrest. The fire department did a good job in extinguishing this fire very quickly. This kept the fire damage to the kitchen area and minimal loss to the structure itself. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and Investigators’ have been very helpful whenever we have called on them. Agencies working together collaboratively makes getting the job done more effective.” Sheriff Smith advised.