Catoosa County Arson Suspect Charged For Two Fires and Suspected In Eight More
FORT OGLETHORPE (WDEF) – The Catoosa County Fire Chief said he suspects at least ten recent fires in Catoosa and Walker County were set by the same man. Fire Chief Randy Camp said the suspect fits the profile of a serial arsonist.
“The fires, they start small typically and they get bigger,” says Camp. “So they just aren’t content. That’s part of the profile. They’re not really content with just the small fires but they get away it and they get bigger and bigger and they get bigger buildings typically as they go.”
The suspect is 31-year-old Casey Ryan McCloud of Fort Oglethorpe. McCloud is officially charged with two counts of arson and he is a suspect in eight other fires. “I do not recall ten different fires that have been set in a similar fashion in such a confined area. Most of these fires were in the Lakeview community and were starting to venture into the city of Fort Oglethorpe,” says Camp.
Very early Wednesday morning, a fire was set at a building at the corner of Lafayette and Riddle Street. Security cameras caught this footage of this suspect setting the fire. “So we did have a couple citizens that came forward,” says Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk. “There was a video that was put out previously and the investigators spoke to and named a suspect so we went and spoke to him this afternoon and that’s when everything start coming together.” Officials say each fire has followed the same pattern – late at night and using fire accelarant.
McCloud is the suspect in a fire that was set at an apartment complex late Thursday night. “When you start an apartment complex with a large number of people, those fires can be very traumatic,” says Camp. Officials did promise a ten thousand dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of an arson suspect.