Two Leon County residents have been arrested in connection to a July house fire in Hilltop Lakes.
According to Hilltop Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Bilsing, firefighters were called to a fire in the 200 block of Blossom Street on July 5. No witnesses were on the scene as firefighters battled the blaze that had engulfed a brick home. The fire was extinguished within two hours, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters could not determine the cause of the fire, and an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office was brought in.
According to Leon County Sheriff’s Office, warrants were issued for the arrest of 47-year-old Franshea Batten of Hilltop Lakes and Randy McCoy, 38, of Normangee.
They are both charged with arson of a habitation, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. McCoy is also charged with assault-family violence by strangulation, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; and criminal nonsupport, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail. Batten was arrested Tuesday and made bail the same day. McCoy, who was arrested July 26, is being held in the Leon County Jail on $60,000 bond.