Ashland Police: Man Admits to Setting Ex-Girlfriend's Home on Fire

Ashland Police: Man Admits to Setting Ex-Girlfriend's Home on Fire

Created: July 09, 2018 02:10 PM

A man faces several possible charges, including arson, after allegedly admitting to setting fire to his ex-girlfriend's home in Ashland.

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The fire happened early Saturday at a home on Beaser Avenue.  A police sergeant patrolling the area saw a flame-type light coming from an upstairs window of the home and then saw the flicker erupt into a full-fledged fire.

After notifying dispatchers of the fire, the sergeant saw a woman run out of the building screaming.  The 58-year-old woman told the sergeant that her ex-boyfriend started the fire and tried to kill her.

Other officers helped another resident, a 71-year-old man, out of the home.  Both victims were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The woman suffered severe burns and the man suffered from smoke inhalation.  Police say both are expected to recover.

The suspect in the case, a 53-year-old man who had recently moved to Ashland, turned himself in at the county jail about six hours after the fire started.  Police say the suspect admitted to starting the fire using an accelerant.

Police say the man had been arrested on domestic abuse charges, involving the same victim, two days earlier and had a no-contact condition as part of his bail.

The suspect faces possible charges of arson, attempted homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, bail jumping, and two counts of criminal damage to property.

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