A Canton man was arrested Friday night in relation to fire damage caused to Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Canton.
A Canton man was arrested Friday night in connection with fire damage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Canton.
Between 7 and 11 a.m. Friday, several fires were set in the church, causing about $3,500 in damage.
The damaged areas included the altar, pews, books, a piano bench and carpet in several rooms. Ashy remains of a paper product also were found on tables in the church’s basement.
The damage was reported at 3:03 p.m. Friday. Deputies arrested Cody Daniels, 19, of Canton at about midnight Saturday on a felony charge of arson. Sheriff’s officials said Daniels told them the reason he burned the church was because he was mad at God. He was released after posting $20,000 bond.
Seth Meyer, pastor, said plans have not yet been made to repair the damage, which he described as fairly insignificant.
“We’re just hoping and praying that help will come to the individual involved, and we pray for his ongoing blessing,” Meyer said.