Winchester police charged a man Friday with first-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to his own apartment earlier in the day. It was the fourth overnight blaze this week in the Clark County seat.
Johnny Hays, 35, was arrested Friday after the blaze at 17 East Broadway that left him and two other people without a place to live. Hays had received an eviction notice two days earlier, said Fire Battalion Chief Kenneth Williamson.
No one was injured in the fire reported at 2:33 a.m. Friday. The blaze destroyed two rooms of a second-floor apartment. There was water damage to a ground-floor locksmith, and a small amount of water collected in a ground-floor billiard supply store, Williamson said.
It's unknown whether Hays is connected to fires at unoccupied houses earlier in the week, Williamson said.
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However, Williamson said Tuesday's fire at a house divided into apartments at 510 College Street was apparently caused by an electrical problem in a basement junction box.
The investigations continue into fires that happened Monday at a private home at 39 South Highland and an unoccupied house Wednesday at 48 Oliver Street.
Williamson acknowledged the unusual string of overnight fires, which all occurred in the early morning hours, usually between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m.
"We do have our share of fires, but we don't have them like this," Williamson said.