Report: Man says voices told him to burn down Broad St. building

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A man is in jail after he tells deputies voices told him to burn down his apartment building.

Deputies found DeOndre Rashaad Thomas, 35, at the scene of the fire Thursday night. Officers had been called to the Richmond Summit Apartments for a possible arson.

A report says when they approached Thomas, he blurted out that he did not like living in the building anymore and voices told him to burn the entire building down.

Deputies say Thomas then admitted he started the fire by igniting his garbage. Thomas also said he wanted to kill everyone in the building because he thinks people break into his apartment and pour urine in all his drinks and mouthwash.

The report says Thomas also told deputies he has been on medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder for the past 20 years.

Thomas has been charged with arson in the first degree. No one was injured in the fire.

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