A 24 year old Gadsden man has been charged with trying to kill a woman, and two children, by setting fire to their home, not once, but three times in one day, back in May of this year.
Zachary Taylor Miller was arrested on Thursday, July 12th in connection with that incident, which took place on May 22nd. On that day, Gadsden firefighters responded to a blaze at a residence in the 3500 block of Madison Avenue. Fortunately everyone inside the home was able to get out safely – that included two children, ages 12 and 14.
Less than two hours later firefighters were dispatched to the home again after a second fire had erupted. They quickly brought that fire under control as well. Then, an hour later – yet another fire was reported at the same location.
At that point, the Gadsden Fire Marshal contacted police and an investigation was launched.
Later, warrants were obtained for one count of Arson 1st Degree and two counts of Arson 2nd Degree with bonds totaling $100,000. Detectives also obtained additional evidence and information which indicated that Miller’s motive was for everyone inside the home to die in the first fire. On Friday, July 13th detectives got additional warrants against Miller for three counts of Attempted Murder – with bonds on those charges totaling $300,000. Jail records, however, state Miller is being held without bond.