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Man pleads not guilty to charges related to mobile-home fire

A Lexington man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from a fire at a mobile home park that displaced a family of four.

Charles J. Ringo, 26, is charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of third-degree arson and a one count of violating a local burning ordinance.

According to court records, Ringo was burning trash in a metal drum outside of his mobile home at 2:23 a.m. Thursday when the fire spread, igniting a nearby trailer; rather than alerting the residents of the trailer or calling 911, Ringo fled.

Ringo had gone to talk to a friend, leaving the fire unattended, the documents said. The fire damaged a mobile home where a man, a woman and their two toddlers lived.

Two others were charged with obstructing fire officials by lying about the fire during investigations. William Kanatzer, 33, and Melanie Vanderpool, 31, both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ringo will go back to court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 1.

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