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Oakwood man charged in March 15 fire at vacant house
Marcus Lawrence
Marcus Monwell Lawrence

An Oakwood man has been charged with arson in a March 15 fire at an abandoned house in the 3000 block of Milton Martin Toyota Way in Oakwood.

Marcus Monwell Lawrence, 22 is accused of intentionally setting the fire at the structure, which is near Cedar Springs Apartments.

“That house had been abandoned for awhile, so there haven’t been any controls (as to) who could come in or out,” Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said. “I think it was kind of a community house.”

Hall firefighters received a call about the fire at about 11:35 p.m.

Initial units found that fire had spread to about 40 percent of the house, but firefighters were able to quickly put it out, Brackett said.

The investigation soon showed that Lawrence was a suspect. Later, during an interview, “he confessed to the lighting of the fire,” the captain said.

Lawrence, who was arrested Friday, was being held Monday without bond at the Hall County Jail.

The house had been more isolated before Milton Martin Toyota Way — and the dealership that is the road’s namesake — was completed last year, Brackett said.

The two-lane road connects two busy roads, McEver Road/Ga. 53 and Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13.

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