Police: Macon man charged with arson in Cowan Street fire

A 41-year-old Macon man has been charged with arson in connection with a Monday fire on Cowan Street, according to Macon police.

David Jerome Kelley was booked into the Bibb County jail within hours of the fire that burned one vacant house and damaged the siding on a neighboring vacant house, jail records show.

A witness told authorities he saw Kelley hanging around the house for two days and then saw him leave about 30 minutes before seeing smoke, according to a police report.

Kelley is being held on $38,700 bond, according to jail records.