FoCo man accused of setting fire to house after domestic dispute

Justine Lookenott
The suspect accused of setting his house on fire during a domestic dispute on Friday is facing several chargesPhoto byForsyth County Sheriff's Office

(Forsyth County, GA) The suspect accused of setting his house on fire during a domestic dispute on Friday afternoon is facing several charges.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to an incident on Wimberly Way in Cumming on January 27 where 45-year-old Nicholas Murray had set his house on fire after a domestic dispute and was refusing to come out.

FCSO Public Information Officer Stacie Miller said the victim had left the house before the fire started.

The FCSO stated on a Facebook post that the suspect was in custody around 4:40 p.m. and asked residents to stay inside their homes as deputies finished their work.

Murray eventually exited his home and was taken into custody without incident. No one was injured.

Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said there was “significant damage” to the home.

“It likely will not be a total loss, but it definitely will have to be a gutted, rebuild of the inside of the home,” Shivers said. “It had significant damage throughout the building on all floors.”

Murray has since been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of terroristic threats, arson, criminal damage to property and two counts of cruelty to animals.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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