A deputy jailer in Clinton County was charged Tuesday with setting a fire at the county’s small lock-up that allegedly endangered 19 inmates and another staffer.
Adam L. Smith, 31, of Albany was charged with one count of arson and 20 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.
Police said they believe Smith deliberately set a fire in a storage closet at the jail.
No one was injured in the fire, which happened early in the morning, but there was extensive smoke damage to the facility, police said.
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The inmates were evacuated and moved to jails in Russell and Pulaski counties.
Smith, who started the day as a guard, was arrested just after 2 p.m. and booked as a prisoner at the Adair County Regional Jail.
Trooper Bill Gregory, a state police spokesman, said he did not know the motive for the alleged arson.