Man accused of locking family inside house, setting it on fire after Cheez-It argument

Man accused of locking family inside house, setting it on fire after Cheez-It argument
Officials say after an argument over Cheez-It crackers, 32-year-old Jeremy Wyatt locked his mother and brother inside the family home, poured gasoline on the front steps and set the building on fire. (Source: Willis Lam/Flickr)

ATLANTA (Gray News) - A Georgia man was arrested after allegedly starting a house fire with his mother and brother still inside because of an argument over a box of Cheez-It crackers.

Jeremy Wyatt, 32, is charged with arson and criminal damage to property, WGCL reports.

Officials say after an argument over Cheez-It, Wyatt locked his brother and 61-year-old mother inside their DeKalb County, GA, home, poured gasoline on the front steps and lit the building on fire early Tuesday morning.

Wyatt’s brother was able to lift his mother down from the second story, according to WGCL, and they both got out safely before fire crews arrived.

February 12th 1:40 a.m. PD and Fire responded to a domestic related incident this morning. Once fire arrived on scene,...

Posted by Dekalb County Fire Rescue Department on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department posted on Facebook they were able to quickly bring the fire under control.

Police believe Wyatt was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

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