Motel patron uses Bible to set blazes

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Bible does mention fire and brimstone — but nothing about motel rooms. Fire officials said a man set several small fires in a Best Western Heritage Inn motel room May 27, using pages from a Bible as kindling.

Fire investigators on Thursday arrested Richard McCoy, 37, on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism.

They said McCoy disconnected the room's smoke alarm to delay detection and endangered other motel guests.

No one was injured as a result of the biblical blazes, and the fires had already burned themselves out when firefighters arrived.

Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner said the small fires were confined to one room and caused about $5,000 in damage. He said an investigation is ongoing.

McCoy on Thursday was judged mentally competent to stand trial and is being held at the Hamilton County Jail.

I think this guy definitely has the right idea, but he didn't do near enough damage.....or use enough bibles. I would like to take up a collection to bail this wonderful gentleman out of the slammer and see what kind of damage he could do at the Gideons world headquarters in Boscobel, Wisconsin. Anyone want to donate? FTSOJ!