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Bainbridge arson suspect caught in Florida

Officers end their search for Brandi Gaddis after she is found in Broward County Florida Officers end their search for Brandi Gaddis after she is found in Broward County Florida
Captain Shannon Dunaway is still recovering from serious injuries from the fire Captain Shannon Dunaway is still recovering from serious injuries from the fire
Captain Dunaway's wife Meredith Captain Dunaway's wife Meredith
Officers say Gaddis is responsible for setting this house on fire in August Officers say Gaddis is responsible for setting this house on fire in August
DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) - Investigators have been searching for a woman wanted in connection to an arson that injured a firefighter last August.

Brandi Renee Gaddis, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday morning in the Fort Lauderdale vicinity.

She was caught through the combined efforts of Douglas County Law Enforcement, Broward County Law Enforcement Fugitive Unit, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, and Bainbridge Public Safety. Gaddis will be extradited to Decatur County.

After crews were called to put out the fire, the roof of the porch collapsed and fell on Captain Shannon Dunaway, who was seriously injured.

Captain Dunaway spent several days in the hospital. His wife Meredith is relieved the arson suspect is now in jail.

The fireman still has a long recovery, but the couple says this good news brings them closure.

Meredith said, "This fire was not just wood, this wasn't just the cars at the lot.  There are four children, all under the age of 12 who have lost activities with their father."

But Tuesday morning, they both heard the good news they've been waiting for.

Lieutenant Brian Donalson with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office said, "It's a feeling of relief.  It's just one more fugitive off the streets of the state of Georgia and the state of Florida for that matter."

Officers found Brandi Renee Gaddis hiding under a bed around 6:30 Tuesday morning in a Broward County Florida home.

Meredith said, "It was an exciting time to know that this is one thing that we don't have to worry about now."

And the good news comes on a special day for the Dunaway family.

"Our youngest daughter turned two today, so it's kind of just like an extra birthday gift for us because when we go home we get to share with the children, who obviously know about the situation because they see dad hurt, that the lady who started the fire that hurt dad has been picked up," said Meredith.

Gaddis remains in Broward county charged with first degree arson.

She will be extradited to Decatur County.

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