Suspect in Lexington apartment fire is charged with burglary, arson

January 2, 2013 

A Lexington man has been charged in a Nov. 10 burglary and arson fire at an apartment building on Hill Rise Court.

Tembani Masunungure, 37, of Lexington was charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree arson. The charges were filed Tuesday.

Masunungure allegedly broke into an apartment at 730 Hill Rise Court to recover some personal items, according to court documents. While in the apartment, he "intentionally ignited readily available combustible items" in a bedroom, starting a fire that caused "significant damage" to the apartment.

The apartment was not occupied at the time, but many people lived in the apartment building, the warrant said.

Fire officials could not immediately say Wednesday whether any residents were displaced.

Masunungure was seen leaving the apartment and later was picked out of a photo lineup, according to court records.

At a hearing at Fayette District Court Wednesday, a judge waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea on Masunungure's behalf. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

He was in the Fayette County jail Wednesday on a $12,600 bond.

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