SHOW LOW, AZ - A Show Low man told authorities he started four fires in eastern Arizona because it was “his duty to God.”
Steven William Turner was arrested Thursday and was taken to the Navajo County jail. Authorities say the 29-year-old had been on probation for assault and drug charges.
A citizen reported large fires burning early Thursday morning.
The Show Low Police Department contained the fires, while Show Low police detained Turner until Navajo County sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Two of the fires were in brush piles, while the other two were started in juniper trees.
Authorities questioned Turner about the fires and said he acknowledged starting them. Fire restrictions were in place.
Authorities say they also found biblical literature in the area.
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