NWGA Scanner | October 12th, 2021

Calhoun woman arrested after setting house on fire in Whitfield County, homeowner injured

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King has announced that Jessica Delli, 25, of Calhoun, is being charged with Arson in the 1st Degree, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime, Criminal Damage to Property, and Reckless Conduct in connection with a Whitfield County fire. The fire occurred on Wednesday, October 6th, at approximately 5:57 AM and completely destroyed the 30-year-old, 2,000-square-foot home on Broad Acre Road in Dalton. “Upon examination of the scene, our Arson Investigators determined the fire originated in the living room of the residence and was intentionally set,” said Commissioner King. “One occupant of the home was taken to an Atlanta hospital with injuries and remained in stable condition. Ms. Delli was arrested near the scene and transported to the Whitfield County Detention Center.” According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, “An employee with the Whitfield County Fire Department spoke with the homeowner. Who advised that he picked a female up overnight and brought her back to his residence, the victim could not provide a name for the female.” Two citizens stated that as they were traveling on West Broadacre Road, they noticed the residence was on fire and observed the homeowner lying in the front yard with burns on his body. They stated that they then contacted 911. According to a Whitfield County 911 CAD, at 6:02 AM, Whitfield County Engine 1 arrived on the scene advising a two-story house with heavy fire showing. EMS requested that LifeForce respond to the Hamilton Medical Center Helipad. According to the CAD, Whitfield County deputies located Delli in the area at around 7:08 AM. After running her information Delli was found to have a no bondable warrant through parole. According to Whitfield County Jail records, she remains in jail with no bond. Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit assisted the Whitfield County Fire Department and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s office with this investigation.