ST. MARY'S, Ga. -- A late night fire destroyed TNT Bowling Lanes in St. Marys Monday night. Tuesday, a suspect was arrested.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., 911 was notified of a fire on Osborne Street in St. Marys.
The St. Marys Fire Department, assisted by Camden County Fire Rescue and the Kingsland Fire Department, fought the blaze for three hours.
The St. Marys Police Department, assisted by the Sheriff's Office, provided traffic control as Highway 40 was shut down for several hours.
The structure was destroyed.
After interviewing a witness who had come forward, investigators with the St. Marys Police Department were able to identify a suspect.
The suspect, 20 year old James Herbert Butler of St Marys, was found at his home and interviewed. According to police, Butler admitted to being involved in the setting of the fire and was taken into custody.
According to police, Butler also admitted to being involved in another fire on North Osborne Street on June 2. During that incident, firefighters found a Fire Watch Tower located on the abandon Durango Paper Mill (formerly the Gilman Paper Mill), on fire. Fire officials said that fire was intentionally set.
Butler was transported to the Camden County Sheriff's Office Safety Complex, Woodbine, GA, to await a Pre-Trial Bond Hearing.
Butler was charged with one count of 2nd degree arson related to the TNT Lanes fire and one count of 2nd degree arson in connection with an unrelated incident.