State fire investigators make arrest in Rabun County camper fire

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State authorities arrested a man in connection to a fire which sent two people to the hospital in Rabun County.

Al L. Lococo Jr, 35, of Clayton, Georgia, was booked into the Rabun County Detention Center on one count each of arson in the first degree, criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and probation violation.

The fire happened 8:10 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office said the camper was parked at 4336 Hwy 441 North in Rabun Gap. The two occupants, including Lococo, were flown to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for burns. Investigators determined the fire was set following a domestic dispute between Lococo and the victim.

“Not only did Mr. Lococo commit arson on the night of September 4, he also put the life of another individual in jeopardy,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “There is absolutely no place for horrific acts of this nature. My office will continue working closely with local authorities to ensure Mr. Lococo is punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

More charges are possible. Lococo remains in jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The other victim remains at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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