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Suspect accused of starting April 1 fire in Augusta

Tariq John
Tariq John(WRDW)
Published: May. 11, 2021 at 12:31 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 12:32 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A man has been arrested on starting a fire at a residential structure in Augusta.

The incident happened around 5:02 a.m. April 1 at a 2741-square-foot structure on Gordon Highway, according to Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.

On April 20, a suspect was questioned by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office regarding the fire, according to King.

“The suspect admitted to forced entry into the residence and using a flammable liquid to ignite the fire and was arrested immediately,” King said.

King identified the suspect as Tariq John, 22, of Augusta. John was charged with second-degree arson, arson of woodlands and criminal trespassing, according to King.

King said his agency assisted the Augusta Fire Department and Richmond County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

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