Bibb County inmate charged with arson in jail fire

A Bibb County inmate has been charged with arson in connection with a fire in a jail cell.

Deputies discovered heavy smoke in a cell block about 1:30 p.m. Monday. They moved inmates into a day room as employees searched for the source of the fire, according to a report released Thursday.

Chief Deputy David Davis said the report was released within three days, in accordance with sheriff’s office policy.

After airing out the building, employees found a towel burning under a bed. A deputy found three cigarette lighters and “something rolled up like a cigarette that had been smoked,” according to the report.

James Michael King, 43, of Joycliff Road, was charged with arson. He already was being held on burglary charges. His bond is $8,450, according to the sheriff’s office.