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UPDATE: Arson suspect arrested in Ocmulgee Monument fire

A suspected arsonist is accused of setting fire to the superintendent's house at the Ocmulgee National Monument early Wednesday.

Superintendent Jim David, who now lives off-site with his family, said two rooms were extensively damaged but firefighters were able to save the house, which dates back to 1857.

Crews were called just before 3:40 a.m. when a fire alarm sounded.

Firefighters arrived to find a room ablaze in the rear of the building an a man watching the commotion, David said.

"They highly suspect he broke in to torch it off," David said.

The man had cuts on his hands that likely happened when he was breaking glass to get in, he said.

David said the house had been vacant since the fall when a law enforcement ranger moved out.

Macon police spokesman Jami Gaudet said she expects to release the suspect's identity later Wednesday afternoon.

Come back to macon.com for updates or read Thursday's Telegraph.

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