Montgomery County

Minden man charged with felony arson, animal cruelty, sheriff says

Adam J. Prime - Montgomery County Sheriff (inset); File (Background)

Adam J. Prime - Montgomery County Sheriff (inset); File (Background)

MINDEN – A Minden man set fire to his Minden residence, causing the deaths of two cats at the home,  Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Adam J. Prime, 32, of 571 Salt Springville Road, was arrested and charged with one count each of third-degree arson and aggravated cruelty to animals, felonies.

Prime is accused of setting a fire at his residence Saturday morning, officials said.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies and South Minden firefighters responded to Prime’s residence just before 7 a.m. Saturday for a report of a fire, officials said.

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Firefighters got it under control. No people were hurt, but two cats died.

The South Minden fire chief soon called in the county fire investigation team. Investigators made an initial determination that the fire was incendiary and officials brought in the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control’s investigation unit.

“After an extensive investigation and a confession from the suspect/homeowner, the owner, Adam J. Prime, was subsequently arrested,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

Prime’s two cats were left inside of the residence and the fire caused their deaths, officials said.

Prime was arraigned and released to return to court later.

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