24-year-old Gadsden man charged with arson, attempted murder in May house fires


GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) – Zachary Taylor Miller, 24 was arrested and charged with one count of arson 1st, two counts of arson 2nd, and three counts of attempted murder for multiple fires started at a home in the 3500 block of Madison Ave on May 22, 2018, according to the Gadsden Police Department.

The Gadsden Fire Department responded to the first fire inside the residence where Miller lived in the early morning hours. Upon arrival, the fire was extinguished and the four occupants escaped without injury. 

Approximately an hour and a half later, the Gadsden Fire Department responded to a second report of a fire inside the same residence but at a different site. The fire was extinguished and no one was reported to be inside at the time of that fire.

Then, about an hour later, a third fire was reported inside the home, at yet another location. The Gadsden Fire Department immediately responded and extinguished that fire and reported no one in the residence at that time either.

After investigating, the Gadsden Fire Marshall believed the fires were intentionally set and contacted the Gadsden Police Department and an investigation was conducted.

After a month and a half has passed, Gadsden police detectives processed evidence and conducted interviews. During the course of the investigation, warrants were obtained against Miller.

Miller was arrested on July 12th, 2018 on the arson charges and is being held in the Etowah County Jail, with bonds totaling $100,000. Investigators believe Miller’s motive was for everyone in the household to perish in the first fire. Additional warrants were obtained on Miller for three counts of attempted murder on July 13th, 2018. The bonds on those charges totaled $300,000.00.

The Gadsen Police Department says the investigation is still ongoing.

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