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Man arrested for multiple arsons in Meriwether Co.

Michael Wright. (Source: Meriwether County Jail) Michael Wright. (Source: Meriwether County Jail)

MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – A suspect has been detained in connection with multiple arsons in Meriwether County.

Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office investigated several suspicious fires that occurred in the Gay, GA.

The investigation into these fires, three total, revealed that they were all the result of an arson. The investigations led to the arrest of Michael Lee Wright, 25, of Gay, GA. Wright is currently being held in the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Jail without bond.

“On July 15, 2015, there was a woodland fire that occurred on Wildwood Court in Gay, GA. The Meriwether County Fire Department responded to this location and extinguished the fire. The Fire Department found items at the scene of this woodland fire that was consistent with the fire being purposefully set,” Smith said.

“On July 19, 2015 and July 23, 2015 the Meriwether County Fire Department responded to a structure fire of a vacant house in the 100 Block of Pinewood Drive. The first incident on July 19, 2015 there was moderate damage done to the exterior of the structure. The second fire that occurred on July 23, 2015 caused extensive damage to the interior of the structure. In both of these incidents items of evidential value were located that revealed that both of these fires were intentionally set,” Smith said.  

The evidence that led to the arrest of Wright allowed police to charge him with the following:

  • Burning of Woodlands (1 count)
  • Arson (2 counts)
  • Burglary (1 count) 

“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. 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,” Smith said. 

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