Gadsden man facing arson, attempted murder charges

(Etowah County Jail)

A 24-year-old Gadsden man is facing charges of arson and attempted murder following a house fire.

Gadsden Fire responded to a house fire on Madison Avenue on May 22. Crews extinguished the fire and the four occupants inside were able to escape unharmed. Roughly an hour and a half later fire crews responded to a second fire and later a third fire which were both extinguished without injury.

The Gadsden Fire Marshal believed all three to be set intentionally and the Gadsden Police Department began an investigation. Detectives processed evidence and conducted interviews over the past month and a half that led to warrants against Zachary Taylor Miller.

Miller was arrested Thursday and placed in the Etowah County Jail on charges of 1st degree arson and 2nd degree arson.

Following Miller's arrest, Gadsden Police say additional evidence indicated Miller intended for everyone in the first fire to die. As a result, Miller now also faces three counts of attempted murder. He remains in the Etowah County Jail.

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