A former volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson after setting a Tennessee church ablaze, authorities announced Wednesday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) launched an investigation into an Easter Sunday fire at New Salem Presbyterian Church on Highway 89 in Weakley County. With the help of the Dresden Fire Department, authorities discovered 25-year-old Codie Austin Clark was responsible for “intentionally” setting the fire, according to a press release from the TBI.
Clark was a former Dresden firefighter, according to the press release.
The Dresden Fire Department had already been investigating Clark for a series of other fires in the area, TBI said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation. (RELATED: Former Maryland Police Chief Arrested, Charged With Setting 12 Fires Across Multiple Counties)
Clark was arrested on Wednesday on one count of Arson of a Place of Worship, TBI said. According to the press release, Clark is being held without bond, however, the Associated Press (AP) reported he is free on bond. A clerk at Weakley County General Session court said Thursday she does not know whether Clark has a lawyer, according to the AP.