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Man charged with setting fire to parents' house

COVINGTON -- A Neely Hammonds Road resident has been arrested and charged after he allegedly set his bedroom on fire inside his parents' home.

Michael Scott Buckley, 26, of 211 Neely Hammonds Road, faces charges of first degree arson and criminal damage to property, according to an incident report by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The Newton County Fire Service responded to the residence shortly after 7 a.m. on Saturday to find one room of the single story wood-frame house on fire.

According to Newton Fire Service Deputy Chief Tim Smith, the fire was confined to Buckley's bedroom where it is believed he used a lighter to set his bed on fire. Smith said no accelerants were used to start the fire, just the combustibles that were on the bed.

Smith said the fire was apparently set after Buckley had a disagreement with his parents. Both Buckley's mother and stepfather were in the house at the time the fire was set but were able to get out safely. Smith said the house is in livable condition.

Buckley was arrested at the scene and transported to the Newton County Detention Center, according to the incident report.

Smith said that the Fire Department was able to respond quickly with three engines and a ladder truck and was able to keep the fire confined to the bedroom.