Friday, September 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- Fire investigators have charged a Norcross man with setting fire to a public park pavilion in an incident earlier this summer.
Khuong Le was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of second-degree arson, stemming from a July 24 incident at Graves Park near Norcross.
A few minutes before midnight, one fire engine and a fire investigator were dispatched to the Graves Road park, which consists of 70 acres near the Gwinnett-DeKalb line. They found an open-air pavilion with minimal fire damage to an area of electrical wiring and wood members, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.
The pavilion was not occupied, and no injuries were reported.
An investigation led to Le, who is accused of intentionally setting the fire and now faces up to 10 years in prison and substantial fines, Rutledge said.
Le remained at the Gwinnett County Jail on $5,700 bond Friday.
Rutledge said the second-degree charge is based on the fact that the pavilion was not a dwelling or a more substantial structure.
Georgia code classifies arson counts in three degrees, with first-degree charges indicating the most substantial risk to human life or property loss.