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On July 23, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King’s Fire Investigations Unit took out warrants on Nilesh Patel, 41, and Bhavinkumar Joshi, 34, both of Lakeland, for Arson in the 1st Degree and Insurance Fraud. Patel and Joshi were later arrested by the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office on July 31.
Shortly before 11:00 P.M. on the evening of July 31, officials with Meriwether County Fire Rescue and the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office responded to a structure fire at 216 Pinewood Dr. in Gay. The 240- square-foot storage building suffered minor damage from a fire that appeared to have been intentionally set on the back exterior.
Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined that a fire that occurred shortly after 9:00 P.M. on July 29 in an open-air metal butler building at 989 Jot Em Down Road in Commerce was intentionally set.