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North Forsyth man charged with arson after house fire
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NORTH FORSYTH — A north Forsyth man injured in a bedroom fire Wednesday at this home has been charged with arson, authorities said.

According to Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Barry Head 46-year-old Marlin Dixon faces one count of second-degree arson relating to the blaze at his home on Shannon Drive off John Burruss Road.

Dixon was taken to an area hospital with minor burn injuries, Head said.

The suspect was reportedly the only person in the residence at the time of the fire, for which a cause and intent had not been released.

Head described damage to the home as “considerable,” adding that the house is “uninhabitable.”

A neighbor apparently reported the fire to 911 about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Dixon has no known history of arson, Head said.

However, the suspect was due in court that day on a simple battery charge stemming from a July incident, according to Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

And Dixon has at least one other incident record with the sheriff’s office dating back to 2002.

Dixon was taken directly from the hospital to the Forsyth County Jail, where he remained Thursday on a $16,610 bond for the arson charge and a $67.50 fine for failure to appear to his court date.