Fla. Man Arrested on Arson, Burglary Charges

August 12, 2003

Acting on information received from the public, investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) have arrested Franklin J. Washington in connection with the church fire that occurred the afternoon of July 4 in the 2400 block of Dantzler Street.

The fire, which began in the kitchen, resulted in an estimated $30,000 worth of fire and smoke damage. The congregations of the New Bethlehem Church and the Greater Antioch Church of Christ Written were using the building for church services on alternating Sundays.

Washington was also charged with three counts of burglary at the church, burglary to a conveyance, and arson of a vehicle. All crimes reportedly occurred in the area of the church fire.

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