Police: Geneva County man arrested after trying to set funeral home on fire

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HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — A Hartford man is facing an arson charge after police say he tried to set a funeral home on fire early Friday morning.

According to a Hartford investigator, someone spotted part of the Magnolia Funeral Home’s exterior on fire and called the authorities around 3:37 a.m. This was the second time someone tried to burn down the funeral home, which the investigator said is surprising since it’s in the middle of town.

While there was little evidence to go on the first time someone tried to set the building aflame, this time was different thanks to a new security camera system the owners put into place.

After watching the footage of the incident, officers identified George Michael Helms as the suspect. The department recognized him since officers dealt with Helms “pretty regular” before.

Officers arrested Helms around 10 a.m. and booked into the Geneva County Jail. He was given a bond of $50,000.

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