MOULTRIE — Volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire and grass fires that ignited Saturday. Colquitt County sheriff’s deputies apprehended two men related to the house fire.

Neven Lamare Massey, 43, of 1612 16th Ave., was charged with the burning of woodlands, brush, fields or other lands, and other charges are pending the completion of the investigation. Timothy Mark Tillman, 42, of Route 2, Box 2111, in Newton, was charged with an open container violation.

A deputy responded to a mobile home on fire at 828 Causey Road at 5:06 p.m. Saturday. Deborah Moss, the owner, stated she bought the property about a month ago from Massey, and they had been clearing out items since the sale.

About 4:30 p.m., Massey allegedly asked a neighbor for some lighter fluid after he got the house’s air conditioning unit, the deputy’s report said. He was then seen carrying a cardboard box to the back door then left the scene. The neighbor saw smoke coming from the house about five minutes after Massey left, the deputy’s report said.

As deputies and volunteer firefighters from Autreyville, Southside and Westside volunteer fire departments went to the mobile home, an investigator pulled Massey over on Cook Road. He was placed under arrest along with Tillman, who was in the vehicle with Massey. Both were taken to Colquitt County Jail.

In a separate incident, a car apparently dragging a chain started a string of grass fires on Highway 319 Saturday night. Several departments responded along the road to help put out the fires, which spread into Thomas County. It was not known, however, if the vehicle that ignited the fires was stopped in Thomas County.

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