Loganville area woman charged with arson in fire that destroyed outdoor storage building

Melissa Diebel, 31, of Loganville. Photo credit: Walton County Sheriff’s Office

Walton County Fire Rescue report that a 31-year-old Loganville woman is charged in connection with a fire that destroyed an outdoor storage building located a 2060 Gum Creek Spur in the Loganville area last month.

WCFR Assist. Fire Chief Craig League reported that crews responded at about 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 22,  2019, and arrived to find the building already completely engulfed in flames. It was deemed to be a total loss.

“Units extinguished the fire and began conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire,” League said. “An arson investigator from Walton County Fire Rescue was dispatched to the scene. The occupants of the property had several different stories as to what may have started the fire. Melissa Diebel, 31, of Loganville, one of the occupants of the address, admitted that she may have improperly disposed of a cigarette and this may have caused the fire.”

League said during the course of the investigation, Walton County Sheriff’s deputies on the scene determined she had warrants out for her arrest on charges unrelated to the fire and she was taken to the Walton County Detention Center. He said while incarcerated in the detention center, Diebel recanted her earlier statement related to the cigarette and, in a sworn statement, admitted to intentionally setting the building on fire. The Walton County District Attorney’s Office subsequently charged her with second-degree arson.


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