BIRMINGHAM, AL -- David Arthur Groover, 39, of Hartselle, AL, pleaded guilty in federal court to arson in connection with the January 16 fire that did extensive damage to Hartselle Plywood and Lumber Co., a firm that builds cabinetry for mobile homes. 

The fire did about $500,000 in damage as flammable lacquers and thinners used in finishing cabinets accelerated the blaze. Prosecutors  were prepared to charge that Groover broke into the business, stole computer equipment and a cell phone, then started the fire using solvents to start the blaze.

The Hartselle Police Department, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office, announced in October the arrest of Groover, for arson. Groover was arrested at the Hartselle Police Department by ATF agents and later transported to the Federal Courthouse in Hunstville for processing.

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