Woman charged with arson at union hall in South Cobb

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According to a report from Chief Investigator Brian S. Beaty of the Cobb County Fire Department, an arrest warrant for arson was taken out for Kristie Lynne Collins, who is suspected of intentionally setting a fire at the office building of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 32 on Blair Bridge Road in South Cobb.

When firefighters arrived Collins, who was present at the location, gave them her contact information and left the scene.  When investigators viewed video footage they saw an individual they suspect to be Collins ignite “available combustibles” under the building’s portico.  She then placed “a wooden chair, a door mat, purse, backpack, several items from her backpack, in addition to several items of clothing which she had removed on the developing fire,” according to the report.

A passerby called 911, and  Cobb County Fire and Emergency Service personnel arrived and extinguished the blaze.

According to the report, “As a result of the investigation, Kristie Lynne Collins was charged with (1) count of Arson in the second degree (Felony).  Anyone with information relative to this incident is asked to call (770) 499-3869.”

Investigator Maness of the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Fire Investigations Unit told the Courier in a phone conversation that Collins gave the phone number of an ex-boyfriend as her contact information.

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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