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Laurel man pleads not guilty to setting grandmother on fire

A Laurel County man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he tried to set his grandmother on fire.

Daniel Nolan, 32, was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, domestic violence and criminal mischief. Laurel County sheriff's deputies said Nolan poured lighter fluid over Hazel Nolan's sheets and blankets Tuesday morning and ignited them with a lighter while she slept. Her daughter-in-law walked into the room a short time later and put out the fire, deputies said.

Hazel Nolan, 75, was taken to St. Joseph London with injuries to her face and neck, Detective Tommy Johnston said. She has since been released.

Daniel Nolan lived with his grandmother, who is bedridden, Johnston said.

Investigators have not determined a motive, Johnston said.

Daniel Nolan also faces three charges of wanton endangerment because his two children and his grandmother's daughter-in-law were in the house at the time of the fire.

He is being held in Laurel County jail on a $200,000 cash bond.

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