Fire By Arsonist Destroys Trenton, FL Masonic Lodge
Fire has destroyed the Masonic lodge in Trenton, FL and a suspect has been arrested. Read the story by Cindy Swirco from the Gainesville Sun website:
The Masonic lodge in Trenton was destroyed by fire and a suspected arsonist arrested Monday after he was seen taking pictures or video of the blaze, according to City Manager Taylor Brown. Charged was Jonathan Harrell, who told police he had taken steps to become a Mason but quit the process when he was arrested on unrelated charges. A resident called 911 to report the fire about 4:19 a.m. at the lodge at 125 NE 2nd Ave. Trenton police arrived and saw what appeared to be white spray paint of the Masonic logo, stars and the words “truth not light of false” and “The Vigilant.” The Trenton officer photographed the graffiti before it was destroyed by the fire, Brown said in a press release. Firefighters arrived and said they found the lodge fully engulfed in flames but worked to keep it from spreading to neighboring buildings. Officers said they spotted Harrell, who was wanted for another crime, photographing the fire amid a crowd of onlookers. Fire investigators determined the blaze had been set in the front hallway with flammable liquids. Harrell was later tracked down and interviewed. Brown said Harrell admitted to starting the fire.