Auburn police arrested a 20-year-old Auburn man March 6 in connection with a fire on Old Church Road that displaced three families.
Moises Rojas of 33 Old Church Road in Auburn was booked into the Barrow County Detention Center on Thursday morning. He is facing three charges: arson in the first degree, a felony; criminal damage to property in the first degree, also a felony; and theft by taking, a misdemeanor.
The fire was reported just after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the triplex where Rojas resided. The blaze apparently started in the middle of the building, and when firefighters from Station 4 and Station 7 arrived, they found “heavy fire” in the building. They entered the building and quickly stopped it from spreading further, according to a Barrow County Emergency Services press release.
“All three apartments suffered heavy damage as a result of the fire,” the press release states, noting that five adults and three children were displaced from their homes.
A fire investigator determined the cause of the blaze was “an intentional human act,” and the county’s Fire Investigation Team and Auburn’s Criminal Investigation Unit conducted an investigation that led to Rojas’ arrest at 11:35 a.m. Thursday.