The resident who provided details to help investigators track down the woman accused of burning down a home will be recognized next week for her help in the case.
The Georgia Arson Control Board will present the resident with a reward check during a ceremony set for 2 p.m. May 17 at Cobb County Fire Station No. 10 at 2049 Powder Springs Road in Marietta. She will be recognized for reaching out to authorities with details that helped police make an arrest in the June 2018 fire of a home in the 4200 block of Red Barn Road.
Cobb County fire said Earnica Lowe was the female companion of a man who lived at the Marietta home. The man left to go visit another woman. Lowe didn’t like that. According to a Cobb County fire report, Lowe called the man and told him to return home or something was “going to happen.”
While on the phone with him, fire investigators heard her say she did it because he went to see another woman. He asked her why she would do something like this.
A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke billowing from the power box of the house. Investigators arrived at the scene to find flames coming from both levels of the wood-framed ranch house.
Lowe was charged with two counts of arson in the first degree. In March she pleaded guilty to only one count and was sentenced to a total of 20 years. She will have to serve eight of those years in prison, court records show.
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