An Acworth man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with an arson at a home owned by former Atlanta Braves baseball player Otis Nixon, according to tax records.
For the third time in two weeks, Acworth Police and Cobb Fire responded to a fire in northeast portion of the county.
Denell Boyd with Cobb Fire said 911 got a call just before 2:45 a.m. that the home at 400 Bass Way in the Brookhaven subdivision in Acworth was on fire.
“The first engine arrived at 2:50 a.m. to a heavy fire on a two-story home with a basement,” she said Sunday. “It took about 15 minutes to get the fire under control and we were on the scene for two and half hours.”
Boyd said eight pieces of fire equipment responded to the scene along with 19 firefighters, but no one was injured, including the lone occupant, JanMike Mosley.
Acworth Police Chief Wayne Dennard said Mosley is who discovered the fire and called 911.
“Upon returning home, he was stopped by Lamine Diaw who told him that his house was on fire,” Dennard said. “Mosley went to the house and tried to put out the fire but couldn’t.”
After officers arrived on the scene and while they were speaking to Diaw, his brother, whose name was not released by police, came up and told officers that his brother is the one who set the fire.
“Diaw then said that he did set the fire over a dispute and he was taken into custody,” Dennard said.
Diaw, 34, was reportedly staying at a home about 10 houses down from Mosley’s at the time of the fire, but no one answered the door for a comment about the incident Sunday afternoon.
Diaw is being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond and has been charged with first-degree arson.
According to the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office records, Mosley’s home is listed as being owned by Douglas J. McAlpine as trustee of the Nixon Housing Trust.
Dennard did not know what the relationship is between Nixon and Mosley.
Nixon, who played for the Braves in the 1990s, was arrested in early May in Cherokee County for allegedly having a crack rock and pipe in his car during a traffic stop.
Cobb Fire investigators haven’t determined the exact cause of the fire but Dennard said they do believe an accelerant of some type was used.
All but the two-door garage of the home was destroyed by the fire.
Dennard could not say where Mosley was Sunday.
The police chief did say this wasn’t the first time officers had responded to problems at his home though.
“We don’t run a whole lot of calls in this neighborhood, which is a nice, little, working class neighborhood, but the officers do know where this house is,” he said.
He was unable to give the exacts of previous reports.
Adrian Moine, who has lived just two houses down from the home that burned since 1999, said he was surprised to hear that a neighbor had set the home on fire, but recalled there being problems at the house recently.
“Lately you would see a lot of car activity coming and going,” he said.
Moine also said things around the home would get a little rowdy from time to time in the night hours but nothing that really disrupted him.
The neighbors who live to the left of the home were not home at the time of the fire. Their house was damaged and some of the vinyl siding buckled as a result of the blaze.
The neighbors who live on the other side of the residence declined to comment on their neighbors or the incident, but did say police and fire personnel made them evacuate their home for about an hour while they put out the fire.