Authorities to Discuss Major Development in Church Arson Case

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Fire Marshall Ed Paulk will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss what a spokesman said is a major development in the investigation into three church fires in east Alabama.

Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones also will attend the 1 p.m. announcement at the sheriff's office in Phenix City.

The cause of all of the fires is arson, according to Ragan Ingram, spokesman for the State Fire Marshal's Office. The blazes started on New Year's Day and continued through Friday.

Authorities said the churches are located within a 10-mile radius of each other in Russell and Lee counties.

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