Grove Oak man charged for setting house on fire

At approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night, a grove Oak man was arrested after deputies responded to a house fire.

DeKalb County deputies were dispatched to County Road 396 after it was reported that a man had set a house of a family member ablaze and allegedly threatened responding firefighters.

Up on arriving at the scene, the deputy found the suspect lying on the ground next to the burning home. An investigator was then called to the scene.

The suspect, Jody, Gardner, 53, of Grove Oak, was charged with Arson 2nd Degree. Gardner is currently being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center. His bond has not been set.

“I’d like to thank our investigator for coming out this weekend and handling this matter,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden. “Destroying property and threatening our first responders will not be tolerated. God bless.”

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