Arson suspect arrested in South Carolina

The Office of the Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner has announced the arrest of 25-year-old James Colby Chastain of Vanna, who is wanted in connection with at least one fire in Hart County which had been classified as arson.

Firefighters fought a blaze at 658 Joe Findley Road in Royston on July 1. The structure, a 25-year-old mobile home, suffered major damage from the fire.

On July 2, agents from the Office of the Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner determined the fire was the result of arson.

On Aug. 1, the Hart County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert for Chastain after he fled from deputies who were attempting to arrest him.

On Tuesday, Chastain was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Columbia, South Carolina. He is currently awaiting extradition to Hart County, Georgia.

Fire Safety Commissioner John F. King said it was very important that Chastain was located quickly. The search was a success because several agencies came together to work as one. King applauded not only the investigators in his office, but also the law enforcement officials of the Hart County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service.

First Degree Arson is a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $50,000 or by a prison term between one and twenty years, or both.