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September 28, 2012

Two students arrested for arson

TIFTON — Two college students were arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree arson in connection with a fire Aug. 30 on U.S. Highway 319 North.

Taylor Lee Allen, 19, 2303 ABAC Place, and Laurent Lollis, 19, 828 Buck Island Ranch Road, Lake Placid, Fla.,  were charged after State Fire Investigator Don Allen received a tip. Authorities believe the two, who go to school here but are not from Tifton, panicked when they saw the house was on fire and fled.

A man driving to work reported the fire at 7:04 a.m., Tifton Fire Chief Mike Coleman said Friday. The house, located at 1512 Highway 319 North near the Alapaha River bridge, was consumed in flames by the time sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Allen said it had not been determined whether anyone would receive the standing reward offered for arson tips as far as this case is concerned.

The arson was one of five within the space of about a week around the end of August, but Coleman told The Gazette then that the fires — at the Budget car dealership on Highway 82 West,  the H&H Convenience Store on 41 South (two separate incidents) and to a vehicle found in the area of Clint Circle — did not appear to  be related.

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