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Police arrest suspect after historic Jeffersonville firehouse vandalized

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police have arrested a suspect after a historic firehouse in Jeffersonville was vandalized overnight.

The suspect, 39-year-old Aaron Keown, was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly drove a stolen truck into a Sav-A-Step in Floyds Knobs around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say he also led them on a chase and rammed two police vehicles before he was finally taken into custody. 

Fire officials say Keown broke the upstairs windows at the Jeffersonville Fire Department's union hall -- and that's not all. Firefighters say whoever broke in also ruined kitchen cabinets, put holes in the drywall, broke televisions and old photos -- and even burned an American flag.

The building is the Local 558 union hall, at the corner of 11th Street and Mechanic Street in Jeffersonville. The damage was discovered by a police officer this morning, who drove by and noticed broken glass.

The building does have surveillance video, and that footage was turned over to police.

Firefighters say Keown also used a fire extinguisher to spray chemical powder, leaving a trail of footprints down the hallway.

It took firefighters more than 10 years to remodel the old firehouse. Now they use it for birthday parties and charity events -- and they say they plan on fixing it up.

"It is tough," said Union President Joe Hurt, adding that, "a lot of money and time" was put into it. 

"It's just a really cool old building, but we'll get it back, we'll fix it back up," he said.

There's also an old firetruck in the building that fire crews say appears to have been left alone.

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