A Georgia man is facing multiple charges for allegedly causing a barn fire that killed two dozen horses in Clayton County.

Earlier this month, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to a report from an owner that the barn on his property was on fire. All 24 horses in the barn at the time of the fire died.

In a written statement Clayton County Fire Chief Landry Merkison said during its investigation the Clayton County Fire Marshal’s Office learned that a tipster informed the Clayton County Police Department thorough CrimeStoppers of Greater Atlanta that the fire had been deliberately set.

“The tipster indicated that Jonathan Espinoza-Vasquez set fire to the stable in alleged retaliation toward the owner of the property,” the statement said.

Espinoza-Vasquez initially denied any involvement, however his cell phone’s GPS tracker showed the phone was less than one mile from the location on the night of the incident.

On April 12, the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Fire Marshall’s Office, in conjunction with Clayton County Police and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, arrested Espinoza-Vasquez and charged him with one court of first degree arson and one count of aggravated animal cruelty.

He was unavailable for comment.

The case remains pending.