Man charged in attempt to start fire in Dome Building

Man charged in attempt to start fire in Dome Building

April 6th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

The Dome Building

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

A man jailed in 2010 for trying to start a fire at the Dome Building on Georgia Avenue was arrested again Saturday night for attempting the same crime, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Fire investigators found that Daniel Maier, 61, used an ax to break out 20 windows and two glass doors in the building. He then used fuel to try and start a fire in the building. The building's sprinkler system extinguished the fire.

No one was injured in the incident but close to $30,000 in damage was done, according to the fire department news release.

Spokesman Bruce Garner said Maier has been charged with arson and vandalism.

Firefighters were dispatched to the building shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday and noticed Maier lingering in the area. They called for assistance from police, who detained the man until he could be questioned by a fire investigator.

Maier was convicted of arson in 2010 for trying to start at the Dome Building and spent time in jail.