Matthews’ wife and children had left the townhome a few days earlier, following “trouble” between Matthews and his wife, Rutledge said. The clothes were left behind by Matthews’ wife.
Matthews was detained on an unrelated warrant at the scene of the fire Tuesday night. He was later interviewed by fire investigators and charged with arson. He may face additional charges related to the fire, Rutledge said.
Matthews is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.
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Residents were left homeless as the fire spread through the town home complex