Toccoa Woman Charged in Connection to Alleged Walhalla Arson



A Toccoa woman faces a charge in Oconee County, South Carolina in connection to an alleged arson.

The Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office said it has charged 31-year-old Amy Dawn Lakey of Braswell Street in Toccoa with Third Degree Arson.

Lakey is one of two people charged in connection with the fire.

The Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office said it has also charged 21-year-old Christopher Edward Burrell of Walhalla in connection to the blaze.

Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Jimmy Watt said the charges tie back to a fire in Walhalla on June 20.

“A deputy responded to an address on Hope Drive where fire personnel were on the scene in regards to a fire at a residence,” said Watt. “Due to their initial investigation, fire personnel believed that the fire may have been intentionally set inside the home.”

Watt said the case was then turned over to criminal investigators.

“As the investigation continues and witnesses interviewed and evidence gathered, warrants were obtained charging Lakey and Burrell on the arson charges,” said Watt. “Warrants said that there was ‘significant damage’ to the house.”

Watt said Lakey was arrested last week by Walhalla Police on unrelated Forgery charges.

At last report, she remains in the Oconee County, South Carolina Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Burrell remains at large.

Watt said Burrell faces four charges related to the fire.

Besides the Third Degree Arson charge, Watt said authorities have charged Burrell with Second Degree Burglary, Third Degree Burglary, and Petit Larceny.

Watt said authorities allege that Burrell entered the residence to set the fire, but also entered a building on the property and took tools valued at less than $2,000 from that building.