Update: Arrest made in Tuesdays structure fire on Jim Daws Road in Walton County

A19-year old who lives close by charged with arson and burning brush or fields

Photo Credit: Walton County Fire Rescue


Officials with Walton County have made an arrest in Tuesday’s structure fire on Jim Daws Road in Walton County.

“On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Georgia Arson tip line received information on the structure fire on Jim Daws Road from Tuesday. Walton County Sheriffs Department interviewed a person of interest in the case on Wednesday afternoon. Nineteen-year-old Masun Charles Payne, was later charged with 1 count Arson in the first degree, and 2 counts of Burning Woodlands, Brush, Fields or other,” Walton County Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Craig League said.

Payne is currently incarcerated at the Walton County Detention Center without bail. Payne’s address is given Harry Arnold Road which is close to the location of the fire.


Officials with Walton County Fire Rescue believe the house fire Tuesday afternoon on Jim Daws Road was intentionally set. WCFR Assistant Chief Craig League said in addition to the abandoned house fire, there were several woods fires that were set in the same area near the house fire. The house was obviously set on fire and was fully involved when fire crews arrived.

Georgia Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for arson and / or fraud. If you have information in connection with this incident you can call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline Toll Free at 1-800-282-5804.

Initial Story

Walton County, Ga. (April 19, 2022) -Walton County Fire Rescue is on the scene of a structure fire of an abandoned house on Jim Daws Road. Walton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the Jim Daws Road is currently closed between Harry Arnold and Snows Mill Road. Motorists are advised to find another route.

Photo credit: Darrell Everidge of Darrell Productions.

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