Teen charged with ar­son

The Covington News - - Crime & courts - By Michelle Kim

A Cov­ing­ton teen was ar­rested and charged with ar­son af­ter a fire broke out Christ­mas Eve in a Project Ad­ven­ture house on Spring Street, caus­ing the evac­u­a­tion of all the home’s res­i­dents to an­other fa­cil­ity.

Fire­fight­ers re­ceived the call of a res­i­den­tial struc­ture fire about 8 p. m. Dec. 24. The fire, which started in an un­oc­cu­pied bed­room, was put out by the sprin­kler sys­tem.

“ Upon ob­serv­ing where the fire was at, we felt it was some­what sus­pi­cious,” said As­sis­tant Fire Mar­shal Tony Smith.

CPD per­son­nel and Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers in­ter­viewed the res­i­dents of the house. One of the oc­cu­pants, a 17-yearold male, was ar­rested and booked into the New­ton County jail for a felony charge of ar­son in the first de­gree — a charge that car­ries with it a $ 15,000 bond.

The res­i­dents of the Spring Street fa­cil­ity were moved to the Project Ad­ven­ture house on Elks Club Road. The fire dam­age was con­fined to the un­oc­cu­pied bed­room, but the house sus­tained wa­ter dam­age, said Smith, and the power was cut off to the Spring Street house un­til util­ity per­son­nel could check the safety of the house.

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