Juvenile arrested for church arson

| September 5, 2010

A juvenile has been arrested on charges of arson and burglary following a fire at a Marianna church.

Officers with the Marianna Police Department responded to the Refuge Tabernacle Church of God on Chipola Street Friday, in reference to the report of a suspicious male exiting the building.

When officers arrived, they discovered smoke coming from inside the building.

Marianna Fire Rescue responded to the scene and discovered three piles of items on fire inside the structure, according to a release from the police department.

The fires were extinguished and minimal damage was done to the building.
With the help of witnesses, the police located and detained a suspect in the investigation.

The suspect was positively identified and arrested, according to the release.

The suspect is a 17-year-old male and was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice detention facility in Bay County to await first appearance.

Marianna Fire Rescue, the State Fire Marshal, and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms assisted in the investigation.



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