By Rich Flowers, Athens Review
A man and woman remained in the Henderson County Jail Thursday on multiple arson charges for fires set in the Cherokee Shores Community.
Raymond Jesse Collins Jr., 41, of Mabank, was held on five arson counts and a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Total bond on Collins was set at $158,500.
Tatum Michelle Moffett, 24, of Payne Springs was held on three arson charges with bond totaling $90,000. Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg said his office was notified shortly after 7 a.m Wednesday that three structures were on fire in the area.
“On our way, they told us that there was a fourth fire and a suspect riding around on a bicycle,” Renberg said. “Some civilians were following him around to let us know where he was at.”
None of the burned homes were occupied when the fires broke out.
Payne Springs Fire Rescue got the first call at about 6:45 a.m.. At that time, two structures were on fire. When they arrived, two single- wide mobile homes were in flames. One Payne Springs firefighter was transported by EMS and treated for smoke inhalation.
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