VALDOSTA — Authorities took a teenager into custody Thursday in connection with a weekend fire at the Ashley House in Downtown Valdosta, according to the Valdosta Police Department. The 5 a.m. Saturday, April 27, fire destroyed one apartment and sent a group of seniors and disabled persons fleeing from the Ashley House complex. Investigators from the city’s police and fire departments concluded that the fire, which originated on the building’s fifth floor, had been intentionally set, according to reports. Spencer Lamar Lonon, 18, is charged with a count of arson, a count of burglary, and 24 counts of reckless conduct, according to Valdosta police. No injuries were reported in connection to the incident, according to Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice who said several of the apartment complex’s residents required assistance exiting the smoky building last Saturday. Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145; or can remain anonymous at (229) 293-3091.
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