Police Arrest Suspect in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Fire

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments | News

Credit: Prince William County Dept. of Fire and Rescue

Prince William County Police identified Maurice Thomson Michaely of Haymarket as a suspect in the Aug. 10 church fire at 15008 Lee Highway in Gainesville.

According to a statement from the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office, investigators determined that the fire at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was intentionally set. Evidence gathered during the investigation led to the arrest of Michaely on Thursday.

On the day of the fire, firefighters arrived to a heavy fire situation with smoke emitting from the building, flames shooting from the side and back of the church, and fire through the roof, Prince William County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander said.

Michaely was charged with burning or destroying a dwelling house. His court date is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2013 and he is being held without bond.

Authorities say they continue to investigate the case.

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