A Lexington father and son are accused of setting a house on fire after a disturbance early Wednesday morning in the Plainview neighborhood.
Leslie Keith Allen, 45, and Leslie Keith Allen Jr., 23, are charged with first-degree arson; police said they set fire to the back porch of an occupied home.
The two were arraigned Wednesday in Fayette District Court. Judge Julie Goodman entered not-guilty pleas for the men because they do not have attorneys.
The fire was set after residents reported that two men were shouting obscenities and damaging property on Folkstone Drive in southeast Lexington about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
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Police were first called by a homeowner in the 500 block of Folkstone, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. The caller said two men were sitting in a Ford Explorer, "yelling obscenities" at someone in the street, she said.
Later, another caller reported that two men had broken a window at a home at 567 Folkstone Drive. Police searched the neighborhood but could not find the two men.
Police received another call that two men had set the fire at 557 Folkstone and were walking away. The caller gave police a description of the men. Officers spotted the Allens, who matched the description, walking on Folkstone.
The Allens "dropped a baseball bat and a green gas can" while walking away, according to a uniform citation filed in Fayette District Court.
Police, who took the two in for questioning, called the fire department.
Firefighters arrived at 2:25 a.m. and put out the fire, which had engulfed the back porch of the home, within four minutes, Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said. No injuries were reported. The fire did not extend into the home.
Firefighters had to avoid a live wire while working, Griggs said. The fire burned through a Kentucky Utilities line, which was arcing in the back yard when firefighters arrived.
Arson investigators from the fire and police departments jointly charged the Allens after they were interviewed.
Roberts said she could not say why the men were causing trouble in the neighborhood.
"It's against our policy to speak about motive," she said.
Both men have criminal histories in Lexington. The charges — mostly for drug paraphernalia and alcohol intoxication — have all been misdemeanors. Several felony drug charges were amended to misdemeanors.
The Allens, who are being held in the Fayette County jail on a $5,000 bond each, are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing March 25.