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Long County man arrested in Glennville arson
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Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed four businesses in downtown Glennville on Sunday morning. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine

A Long County man has been charged with four counts of arson in connection with the early Sunday fire that destroyed four downtown Glennville businesses.

Jonathan Culbreth, 20, was arrested Wednesday by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office, according to according to a news release.

The release credits a collaborative effort among several agencies, including the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Glennville Police Department, Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Long County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Roessler could not say whether Culbreth turned himself in or was apprehended, and the release also did not specify de and the release did not specify details of the arrest .

Glennville Deputy Fire Chief Jim Anderson said Sunday that his department was called to a structure fire on Barnard Street about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but it did not take long for flames to spread to nearby businesses and require assistance from several area fire departments.

About an hour after fire crews began battling the blaze, a backdraft blew out the front windows and knocked several firefighters down, but no serious injuries were reported, Anderson said.

He said there were firearms in Woods Auction and pharmaceuticals in Central Pharmacy, which required firefighters to exercise more caution as they entered these buildings.

The other two destroyed businesses were boutiques, one of which had not yet opened.

The news release says the investigation is ongoing and encourages anyone with information on the arson to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office or Glennville police.

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