AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Fire Marshal's office confirms three Auburn residents have been arrested and charged with starting several church fires in Lee and Chambers counties.
Two men and a woman, all 20-years-old, are facing arson and burglary charges stemming from the fires at Liberty CME and the Union Hill CME churches in the Oak Bowery community of Chambers County. They also face charges from a third fire at Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church near Salem in Lee County.
"This has been a long, detailed investigation," State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said. "It is not over, and there may be more arrests. We owe to the membership of these congregations to bring those responsible to justice. We have found three people thus far that we believe are responsible."
The suspects are identified as Christopher Michael Ware of Cottage Lane, Taylor Hensley Jennings of Lee Co. Road 12 and Cody Lauren Jasper of East Magnolia Avenue. Each is charged with two counts of second-degree arson and third-degree burglary in Chambers Co. and one count of both charges in Lee Co.