A Swainsboro man faces charges of arson and animal cruelty following a late August fire in Emanuel County.
A member of Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King’s Fire Investigations Unit was requested by the Swainsboro Fire Department to assist with a fire investigation on North Main Street in Swainsboro.
According to a release from fire commissioner’s office, the fire occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Aug. 28 and caused moderate damage to the 83-year-old, 1564-square-foot home. Investigators examined the scene and determined the fire was intentionally set.
“Unfortunately, two dogs perished as a result of the incident,” said Commissioner King. “Upon questioning, Mr. Thieu Quoc Vu, 64, confessed to setting the fire and has been charged with arson in the first degree and cruelty to animals.”
Commissioner King’s Fire Investigation Unit assisted the Swainsboro Fire and Police Departments with this matter. The suspect is being held in the Emanuel County Jail.