published Friday, June 27th, 2014

Teen charged with burning down historic Whitfield County church

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A teenager has been arrested and charged with arson after authorities say he set a historic church on fire twice in one month, burning it to the ground the second time.

Authorities say the original historic church building at Beaverdale Baptist Church was set on fire March 21. It was extensively damaged, but the fire was extinguished.

On April 16, the old building was on fire again and it was declared a total loss. The building was being used for storage by the church.

18-year-old Jacob Dylan Plott was arrested after a three month investigation by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives say Plott was living in close proximity to the church. According to a news release, he was believed to have been intoxicated when setting the March fire.

Plott has been charged with two counts of arson.

Investigators say the case remains under investigation and additional arrests are possible.

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