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Man charged with arson in church fireplace

A 19-year-old man is charged with second diploma arson after police say he admitted to setting a fireplace within the toilet of The Church of Morning Glory on Mason Dixon Freeway.

Monongalia County deputies responded to the church on Oct. 23 in reference to a burglar alarm, based on the felony criticism. As soon as on scene, smoke was noticed billowing from the eaves of the constructing.

When circling the constructing, Deputy Watkins reported seeing the entrance window of the church had been damaged. As soon as firefighters extinguished the flames, Watkins stated they entered the church to seek out the supply of the hearth.

Firefighters on scene informed Watkins {that a} pile of napkins had been on fireplace in a toilet close to the again of the church, the criticism stated. The deputy additionally reported the alarm system contained in the constructing was damaged into the wall, “as if it had been punched.”

A witness informed Watkins they noticed a male strolling close to the church and gave an outline.

Based on the criticism, Tylor J. Fortune, 19, was recognized and questioned by officers concerning the hearth. Fortune allegedly admitted to setting the hearth and was taken into custody.

On the sheriff’s division, Fortune was learn his Miranda Rights and agreed to be interviewed by investigators, the criticism stated. He allegedly informed officers he broke into the church, set the hearth within the toilet, then left the constructing as soon as the hearth acquired uncontrolled.

He additionally allegedly admitted that on his manner out, he smashed the burglar alarm system close to the entrance door in an try to disarm it. He then fled the scene.

Fortune is charged with second diploma arson and is being held at North Central Regional Jail on $50,000 bond. If convicted, he may face one to 10 years in jail.