Son charged in law office fire, attempted home fire

Source: WEAR

A son has been arrested for allegedly setting his father's law office on fire.

According to the Brewton Police Department (BPD), Brewton Fire Department and law enforcement units responded to a building fire at the law office of Billy Earl Cook on St. Joseph Avenue in the downtown area.

BPD said the nature of the fire seemed suspicious and an arson investigation was initiated by the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office.

During the investigation, BPD said Jonathan Neal Cook was identified as a possible suspect in the case.

On June 18, BPD officers began investigating an attempted arson at a home on Garrett Street.

Jonathan Cook was charged with attempted arson in connection to that incident.

Upon completion of the investigation at the office of Billy Earl Cook, the fire was determined to be caused by arson.

On Friday, BPD investigators obtained a warrant and Jonathan Cook for second-degree arson. He's being held at the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.

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