Arson suspect could face extra charges after injury in cleanup
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Investigators are looking for an arson suspect after four fires were set in Old Louisville Monday night.
All four fires happened between 3 and 3:30 a.m. but the most significant damage happened at the tavern on South 4th Street.
A hug is about the only comfort the employees at the Old Louisville bar can provide each other. Investigators say the suspect set the dumpster in the alleyway on fire which quickly spread to the building.
One firefighter was hurt during the cleanup, which could lead to the suspect facing more serious charges.
“One of the firefighters during the mop up operation afterwards was actually struck in the head by falling debris. He was transported to the hospital. He's been released but he'll be off duty for a week or so,” explained Major Henry Ott.
Ott says he believes the first two fires were set at 1st and Ormsby Streets. He says the suspect then moved to the alleyway near 2nd and Burnett Streets, setting a trashcan on fire which ignited a carriage house.
Steve Leveque lives in a home directly in front of that carriage house. “The bad thing about this one is there was a person up there,” Leveque said; although the person living inside was able to get out.
Investigators released surveillance pictures of the suspect they think is behind all four fires. In one, you can actually see the man setting a trash can on fire.
Because a firefighter was injured the suspect will likely face 1st degree arson charges which carry a hefty penalty.
“When lives are involved it carries a punishment of 20 to life for whomever is responsible,” Capt. Sal Melendez said.
The arson investigators are asking anyone with information to give them a call the best way is to call the police tipline 574-LMPD.
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