Arrest made in morning church arson

Julius Smith (Source: Madison Co. Sheriff's Office)
Julius Smith (Source: Madison Co. Sheriff's Office)

NEW MARKET, AL (WAFF) - An arrest has been made in connection with an early morning fire at a GracePointe Baptist Church facility.

After a joint investigation between the Madison County Sheriff's Office, ATF, and the State Fire Marshall, deputies arrested Julius Irvin Smith. He was charged with second degree arson and booked into the Madison County Detention Facility.

His bond was set at $15,000.

Firefighters responded to the church on Winchester Road after 6 a.m. on Tuesday. The fire started in a storage room located near the back of the church, but not attached to the building.

According to authorities, Smith doesn't have any prior criminal record.

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