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Sibling rivalry may have fueled fire
Athens man charged in blaze at brother's home

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS --A man who told Limestone investigators he wanted to scare his brother allegedly set fire to his brother's home, an investigator said.

Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said Wilburn Edward Morgan Jr., 37, of 12792 Nuclear Plant Road, Athens, had been living at that address with his brother and girlfriend.

When the relationship between Morgan and his girlfriend ended, and she began a relationship with Morgan's brother, Morgan moved to a place near Jones Crossroads, McNatt said.

"He took gas from a lawn mower and poured it on the side of the house and set it on fire," McNatt said.

Morgan allegedly set the fire Saturday between 4:45 and 5:30 a.m.

"The inside dog started barking and woke the couple up," McNatt said. "They saw the fire and were able to extinguish it."

McNatt said the couple smelled gas and called the Sheriff's Department.

Investigator Josh McLaughlin and deputy Tom Gilbert searched the area and found Morgan watching from his vehicle in a nearby field, McNatt said.

"He left and then came back and parked in the field," McNatt said.

"He indicated he set the fire to try and scare his brother. He was mad about the brother's relationship with his ex."

Morgan is in the county jail on $10,000 bond, charged with first-degree arson.

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