A 21-year-old man from Cherokee County has been arrested by local authorities and charged in connection with a south Forsyth mobile home fire that took place earlier this month.
Officials say that at about 8:40 a.m. on Dec. 8, firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home at 1808 Frontier Park off of Buford Highway in south Forsyth and found a small fire inside the residence was extinguished.
Following an investigation into the incident by the Forsyth County Fire Department, Brooks Edward Nickles, 21, of Canton was arrested on Tuesday by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, according to fire department spokesman Division Chief Jason Shivers.
Cpl. Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said that witnesses at the scene stated that a white male allegedly matching Nickles’ description was seen “wandering around” in the area at the time of the fire.
Later, when deputies arrived on scene, Rainwater said that Nickles was witnessed “walking aimlessly” around the area, and was stopped and questioned. No one was harmed during the incident and according to Rainwater the mobile home was locally owned but vacant at that time of the fire.
Shivers stated that the fire department’s investigation into the event is ongoing.
Nickles has been charged with two felonies for first- and third-degree arson. He is currently being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.