Grand jury indicts Lauderdale County man for arson

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FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County man has been indicted for setting fire to his employer’s home.

It took nearly ten months from the time of his arrest, but indictments have been handed down against the man who is accused of intentionally setting fire to his boss’s home in Florence.

The fire was reported on November 15th on Meridian Street. When firefighters arrived at the home, the fire had already burned itself out.

But when the 72-year-old homeowner went back and checked her surveillance cameras, that’s when she allegedly saw her handyman carrying a gas can.

Investigators said the cameras showed Charles Buford Aday carrying the can to the side of the house in which the fire started.

Aday had been working for the family and staying in a garage apartment on the property.

Police said the cameras later showed Aday walking away from the area of the fire, minus the gas can. The home sustained only minor damage.

A grand jury has handed down indictments of arson, a felony count, and criminal mischief.

Arson first degree carries a sentence of ten years to life in prison if convicted. Charles Aday is scheduled for arraignment in late November. He is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail totaling $51,000.