Man Faces Arson Charge in UGA Library Blaze

“Officials at the University of Georgia at Athens said today that an arrest has been made in connection with a fire last week that gutted the second floor of the school’s Main Library.”

“UGA Police Chief Chuck Horton said Jason Allen Nelms, 19, of Athens, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the incident. He faces a first degree arson charge, authorities said.”

“Horton said Nelms is not a student, and is not believed to have ever been a student at UGA.”

“A crew of 200 has begun the work to restore the library, which was opened Tuesday to members of the news media.” (from