Grant County firefighters arrested, accused of setting fire to church
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Grant County firefighters arrested, accused of setting fire to church

CORINTH, Ky. — Two firefighters were arrested and charged with second-degree arson after they intentionally set fire to a church in Grant County, Kentucky, according to arrest documents filed by Kentucky State Police.

According to KSP arrest documents, police arrested Brendan Gibson of Falmouth, Kentucky, and Robert Hughes of Williamstown, Kentucky, on July 8, hours after the fire was reported.

The document says the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Corinth Fire Department, Williamstown Fire Department and Dry Ridge Fire Department responded to the Shiloh Full Gospel Church in Corinth around 5:50 a.m. Monday.

“Shortly thereafter,” KSP officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called in, arrest documents said.

Grant County firefighters arrested, accused of setting fire to church

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The arrest report said Gibson and Hughes were among the first firefighters to arrive at the church with the Corinth Fire Department. However, the document said investigators’ findings about the fire indicated Gibson and Hughes started the fire themselves.

Both men were taken to the KSP Dry Ridge station, where they admitted their actions led to the fire, although the document does not provide details on what those actions may have been. They were arrested around 4:25 p.m. Monday.

Both Gibson and Hughes are currently being held at the Grant County Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

According to the City of Corinth website, the Corinth Fire Department is made up of volunteers.

Pastor Greg Cheeks of Shiloh Full Gospel Church in Corinth said they are unable to make repairs.

“It’s very sad,” Cheeks said in a statement to WCPO 9. “We’re in a situation where there’s no funding to fix the building. It’s terrible.”