THOMASVILLE — The person or persons responsible for setting fire to a mobile home Thursday night will be charged with more than first-degree arson.

The case also will involve a charge of cruelty to animals.

A resident of the 200 block of Hidden Acres Drive called for help when he saw a glow from his residence and realized it was a nearby mobile home on fire.

The caller went to the burning residence to see if anyone was at home and entered the dwelling through an unlocked back door.

The Hidden Acres resident also saw a small dog running around the mobile home.

After learning the dog belonged to the mobile home occupant, the caller contacted the individual, who said “she left the dog locked up inside the house in a crate,” a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office incident report shows.

The fire was discovered at 11 p.m. at 497 Hidden Acres, said Tim Roberts, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s arson unit.

The Thomas County Fire Department extinguished the blaze.

“According to witnesses, there was a couple of people in the residence prior to the fire,” Roberts said Friday morning.

After inspecting the scene Friday afternoon, Roberts said the fire is arson.

Materials in the mobile home were used to start the fire, said Roberts, who would not elaborate on what he found at the scene or where the blaze originated.

“We’re looking at two persons of interest,” the investigator said.

The mobile home sustained moderate damage.

Chris Jones, Thomas County fire chief, said someone who lived at another dwelling said someone was carrying a dog in the yard of the burning mobile home.

“They did not see the dog again,” Jones said.

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