Kyle Coleman received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face and hands after he decided to use a cigarette lighter to light the area while stealing copper pipes from a gas line in a church. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)
Kevin Coleman arrested in connection to breaking & entering and lighting a church on fire. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)
FRANKLINVILLE, NC (WECT) – Two men were arrested in Randolph County after investigators connected a burn victim to a church fire.
Kyle Coleman and his brother, Kevin Coleman, broke into the Franklinville United Methodist Church, just east of Asheboro, overnight Monday. The two men were attempting to steal the copper wiring from the gas lines at the church when things got heated.
In the process of ripping the copper wires and tubes from the gas line, it began to leak.
The Coleman brothers decided they needed to shine some light on the situation, so they used a cigarette lighter. The gas ignited and left Kyle with second and third degree burns to his face and hands.
The brothers called 911 around 4 a.m. Monday to get help for Kyle's burn wounds. He was subsequently treated and released from the hospital. The next day fire investigators responded to the same church after a member reported a strong smell of gas inside.
During their investigation Randolph County Sheriff's deputies were able to piece together what was going on, and connected the burn victim (Kyle Coleman) to the fire damage and missing copper wiring from the church.
When deputies arrived at the Coleman's home, they were able to find the stolen wire from the church. Shortly after both Kyle and Kevin Coleman were arrested and charged with the following:
Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship
Possession of Stolen Goods
Burning of a Church or Religious Building
Fire damage to the church was minimal and confined to the flooring and basement.