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Man arrested in connection with fire on Mulberry Drive

Fire on Mulberry Drive

Lexington Fire Maj. Chris Harrod discusses how firefighters responded to the fire.
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Lexington Fire Maj. Chris Harrod discusses how firefighters responded to the fire.

A Mulberry Drive house that was on fire a few months ago was in flames Friday evening.

Around 7 p.m., the Lexington Fire Department responded to the fire, in the 300 block of Mulberry Drive. Maj. Chris Harrod said firefighters could see flames coming out of the roof when they arrived. Lexington police Lt. Albert Johnson said the fire was consider suspected arson when they received the call.

Johnson said Jimmie R. Maxey Jr. was arrested near the scene after witnesses led officers to him. Johnson said Maxey was arrested on charges of having an open container, disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer. Johnson said the fire department will pursue an arson charge against Maxey, who was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Harrod said it was unsafe for firefighters to enter the house because the previous fire weakened the floor above the basement. A crew was to stay at the scene for a few more hours to watch for hot spots.

The house was also on fire in February.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley

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