Deputy Jailer Charged With Arson in Jail Fire

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Columbia, Ky. (November 2, 2017) – 31-year old Adam L. Smith, of Albany, was arrested today at 1:18 PM CST at the Albany Police Department and charged with 1 count of Arson, 1st Degree and 20 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree.  Smith, a Clinton County Deputy Jailer, is believed to have intentionally started a fire in a storage closet inside the jail that was occupied by 19 inmates and 1 other deputy jailer.

No one was injured and the inmates were evacuated and moved to Russell and Pulaski County jail.  State and local fire officials stated that the entire jail suffered extreme smoke damage.

Smith was lodged in the Adair County Jail.  Detective Kenny Brown, Arson Investigator Alex Wesley and the State Fire Marshall’s office are investigating.  Albany Fire Department responded to the fire.

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