Crime

Irvine fire investigated as possible arson, chief says

A Kentucky State Police arson investigator was trying to determine the cause of an apartment fire early Monday that was reported soon after a man who lived in the apartment was arrested, Irvine police Chief Brad Smith said.

No one was hurt in the fire, reported about 6:30 a.m. Monday at Sweet Springs Apartments, formerly known as Bertha Wallace Apartments, Smith said. Fire damage was contained to a first-floor apartment, and two others on the second floor had smoke damage, Smith said.

Tim Charlton, who lived in the apartment where the fire started, was charged with alcohol intoxication, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, Smith said. Charlton was taken to the Estill County jail.

The fire was reported 18 minutes after officers left the scene after arresting him, state police said.

"We are pursuing it as a possible arson, and a KSP investigator is on the scene," Smith said.

Police have several people they want to question, Smith said.

"We think it may be related to somebody being upset with the one we took to jail," Smith said.

State police ask anyone with information to call 1-800-222-5555.

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