A man accused of recently setting fire to two structures and a vehicle in two south Forsyth neighborhoods, one of which he lives in, has been arrested.
Piyushkumar Dayalaji Mistry, 38, of south Forsyth, was arrested Wednesday, July 12 after a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop for an expired tag, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Barry Head.
Mistry lives in the Springmonte subdivision, where the first two blazes were set.
A third fire, which targeted a vehicle, was reported in a nearby neighborhood hours before the traffic stop.
“During [Wednesday's] stop, the deputy noticed items in the vehicle that raised suspicion and immediately notified Forsyth County Fire Department investigators,” Head said. “A search warrant was issued for the individual’s home, where items linked to the three fires were found.
“The suspect was already being held at the Forsyth County Jail on unrelated charges when the Forsyth County Fire Marshal’s Office charged him on July 12 with three counts of first-degree arson. The investigation remains ongoing.”
The first blaze, which started around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, targeted Springmonte’s clubhouse, which is located at 2615 Cross Springs Drive.
“The [department] was notified of a structure fire, and when we arrived we found heavy fire at the front of the structure,” Head said at the time. “We extinguished it, but a subsequent investigation ruled it an intentionally set fire.
“While working on that case, we were dispatched again to another reported fire at the same [subdivision], this one located in the pavilion next to the tennis courts.”
Firefighters arrived on scene for the second time around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, Head said.
On Tuesday, marking the third dispatch in one week, firefighters responded to a residence on Saddlebrook Glen Drive off Caney Road around 1:06 a.m., where they found a vehicle on fire.
“We responded to a residence [that had] a vehicle fire,” Head said. “After the fire was extinguished, it was deemed arson.”
Mistry remains at the Forsyth County Jail, where he is being held without bond on the arson charges, an unrelated charge of cruelty to children – deprivation of necessary sustenance and a hold for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Custom Enforcement division.