Arrests made in 2 fires in northeast Ala. town

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - Three men face arson charges in two separate fires in the northeast Alabama town of Powell.

Authorities said Friday that 18-year-old-old Lee McGill of Henagar and 20-year-old Brandon Johnson of Scottsboro are accused of setting fire to a vacant house on May 12. The house belongs to Powell Mayor Eugene Byrum, but officials said the case wasn't related to his position.

Another man, 25-year-old Mitchell Vincent Rigdon, is charged with arson in a blaze that destroyed an apartment building in Powell on Aug. 23. Authorities said the complex was ordered to shut down just a few days earlier for numerous code violations.

Rigdon was a volunteer firefighter at the time, and authorities said he helped fight the blaze.
The two fires were not believed to be related.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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