Stanley Stephens is accused of setting his mansion in Floyd County on fire months after it was foreclosed, authorities said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Cops: Man had his North Georgia mansion foreclosed, so he set it on fire

Months after a Floyd County mansion was foreclosed, it burned down in a massive fire. 

On Thursday, fire investigators announced that they don’t believe it was an accident.

The mansion’s former owner, Stanley Stephens, was arrested this week along with his friend Donald Luallen on felony arson charges in connection with the fire, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Donald Luallen
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

The 5,900-square-foot home off Craton Road burned to the ground Feb. 10, Channel 2 reported. No one was hurt as a result of the fire. 

“This is one of the largest arson cases in Floyd County,” Floyd County Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning said. “There was an ignitable liquid used.”

The blaze was so intense and large that neighbor Jody Fincher thought his home was the one on fire, he told the news station.

“There was a bunch of ash being kicked up, and it came over and got into our yard,” he said. “It was setting the yard on fire. The next-door neighbor was out with the hose spraying his house — worried about it catching on fire.”

The photo on the left is of the mansion before the February fire. The photo on the right shows what was left after the blaze was extinguished.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Stephens was arrested in Daytona Beach, Fla., while Luallen was arrested in Alabama, Channel 2 reported. Investigators said more arson charges along with conspiracy charges are possible. 

Chewning said this is a $2.5 million case when you factor in the cost of the mansion as well as the time and money spent on the investigation.

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