Alabama couple accused of torching house to claim insurance

ADAMSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman face felony charges after setting their house on fire and then trying to claim insurance for all of their belongings.

Police detective Rick Whitfield tells The Birmingham News the couple’s belongings had been moved elsewhere prior to the blaze.

Whitfield says 45-year-old Donna McCullars and 43-year-old Steven Millwood were taken into custody Friday by Adamsville police. Both are charged with second-degree arson and first-degree insurance fraud.

He says the fire happened on Feb. 22. There were no injuries, and the house was heavily damaged but not destroyed.

Whitfield says investigators discovered a video that indicated the fire was no accident.

McCullar and Millwood were released Saturday after posting $25,000 bond.

Online jail records do not list an attorney for the couple.

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