Court docs: Teen used flare gun to set fire to Tipton County church

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Michael Weir

TIPTON, Ind. – A Kokomo teenager faces an arson charge after investigators say he set fire to a Tipton County church in March.

According to court documents, crews from the Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the abandoned church in the 10700 block of West 650 North around 3:30 a.m. on March 14, 2016. Investigators estimated damage from the fire at $25,000.

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and received a tip that Michael Weir, 19, used gasoline and a “flare or flare gun” to light the church on fire.

A witness who was with Weir said Weir and two friends went to the church and returned about 15 minutes later. That witness had stayed in the car, according to court documents. The witness told investigators they then drove a short distance away from the church. Weir said “look over there” and the witness saw a “flicker of light in the night sky.”

After several interviews, an arrest warrant was issued for Weir, who was arrested on May 13 on one count of arson and taken to the Tipton County Jail.