An Effingham County man is recovering at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta and is the focus of an arson investigation, according to authorities.
Randall Wayne Turner, 34, is at the Augusta burn center and is a suspect in what Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe is an arson case. A mobile home on High Bluff Road was destroyed in an early Saturday morning fire. Deputies were called to scene at approximately 1:30 a.m.
Sheriff’s investigators are working the state fire marshal’s office to determine the cause of the blaze.
“We do believe it’s arson, but we’re waiting on the state fire marshal,” Detective David Ehsanipoor said. “It was a pretty big fire.”
No one was in the mobile home at the time, but a woman and her children did call it home. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Investigators are trying to determine if Turner was a resident of the home at the time.
“We can’t confirm he was living there at the time,” Ehsanipoor said.
They also are trying to pin down the relationship between Turner and the woman, if he was a current or ex-boyfriend.
Turner was found about 5:40 Saturday morning, not far from the fire, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies found him about a mile and a half away, hiding in an abandoned truck in a backyard, according to Ehsanipoor.
He was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center for injuries believed to be sustained in the fire.
He is listed in stable condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.
Turner also has warrants for his arrest on other charges unrelated to the Saturday morning fire.
Rincon Fire Department units responded and were assisted by the Springfield Fire Department and Effingham County Fire and Rescue’s Station No. 2 in battling the blaze.
Firefighters were on the scene until 6 a.m. Saturday.