Welcome to The Alabama Baptist

Other related sites for The Alabama Baptist

This option may be turned off in your profile page. If you are having
trouble with the link, make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off.




forgot password


Motivated by anger, arsonist destroys a churchcomment (0)

March 2, 2000

HIXSON, Tenn. — A man who was angry with his father burned down the church where his father was pastor in 1998, according to arson investigators.

Steve Nichols, 37, of Maryville, Tenn., was indicted Feb. 22 with one count of arson. Investigators said Nichols set the fire that destroyed Hixson Baptist Church, where his father, Bill Nichols, was the pastor, with damage estimated at $130,000.

Lt. Robert Lackey, with Chattanooga’s Fire Investigation Division, said the younger Nichols confessed to being angry with his father in committing the crime.

Nichols told investigators he poured fuel on his father’s desk in the church office, set it on fire, then closed the door and left the building, according to a report in the Chattanooga Times & Free Press.

Nichols was released on a $13,000 bond. Nichol’s father resigned from the pulpit a few weeks after the fire and moved away.

« back to previous page | return to top

Comment (0)

Be the first to post a comment.

Post your comment

Text size : A+ A- R
Powered by Google Translate
Full Member of Alabama Press Association

Site Developed by Dirextion | Login to SMS