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Man arrested in recent Ashburn house fires

Willie Poke (Source: Turner Co. Sheriff) Willie Poke (Source: Turner Co. Sheriff)
"There's possibly a motive, we're still working on that," said Det. Michael Kling. (Source: WALB) "There's possibly a motive, we're still working on that," said Det. Michael Kling. (Source: WALB)
Investigators believe the same person may have started two recent house fires in Ashburn. (Source: WALB) Investigators believe the same person may have started two recent house fires in Ashburn. (Source: WALB)
Police said this house went up in flames Monday on East College St. (Source: WALB) Police said this house went up in flames Monday on East College St. (Source: WALB)
Police believe the fire Monday is connected to a house fire on Hanner Ave. on December 27. (Source: WALB) Police believe the fire Monday is connected to a house fire on Hanner Ave. on December 27. (Source: WALB)
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

Investigators have been working on identifying who started two recent house fires in Ashburn, and Monday, they arrested Willie Poke, 35, in connection with the fire on East College Avenue.

Poke is charged with arson in the first degree and obstruction, so far, according to Det. Michael King of the Ashburn Police Dept.

Police are also investigating a house fire on Hanner Ave. on December 27, they believe is connected.

Detective King said the woman who lived in the home where the first fire happened in December was temporarily staying in the Hanner Avenue home that went up in flames.

"There's possibly a motive, we're still working on that," said Det. King. "We do have somebody that we're going to question about it, and go from there."

No one was hurt in either fire.

If you know anything about these fires, call the state arson hotline at 800-282-5804.

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