MIDLAND, Pierce County(AP) — A man was arrested and a church was destroyed after three fires were set in Pierce County early Thursday.
A 30-year-old man is in custody after officers caught him attempting to break into a house near where the three fires were set, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
The man was leaving the area when fire crews arrived and they got a good look at him, Troyer said. He says they think the man was attempting to hide from authorities when he was caught breaking into an occupied home.
Troyer says fires also were set to a car and an abandoned house. Initial estimates of the damage to the church are a $1 million.
The suspect was being interviewed by detectives. The fires broke out after midnight Thursday.