Arrest made in St. Marys bowling alley fire

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ST. MARYS, Ga. —

The St. Marys Police Department on Tuesday arrested a man who they say admitted to setting the TNT Lanes on Osbourne Road on fire Monday night.

James Herbert Butler, 20,  also reportedly admitted to being behind an unrelated arson incident that took place at the abandoned Durango Paper Mill on June 2, according to a release from SMPD Lt. Johnny Guy. Butler was taken into custody on two counts of second-degree arson.

Fire Chief Robert Horton said the incident at TNT Lanes happened Monday between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.

Guy said investigators were able to identify Butler as a suspect based on several witness interviews. Investigators also determined that an accelerant was used to start the fire.

Butler was transported to the Camden County Sheriff's Office Safety Complex to await a pre-trial hearing.

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