Four firefighters arrested for arson; more arrests expected

COLUMBIA, KY -- Four arrests have been made by the Kentucky State Police following investigations into multiple fires in Boyle and Marion Counties. And, authorities say they expect more arrests.

KSP Post 15 in columbia identified the four as volunteer firefighters from Boyle and Marion Counties; 19-year old Stephen E. Oberson of Gravel Switch, 22-year old Melinda A. Oberson of Perryville, 24-year old James R. Tate of Perryville, and 21-year old Frederick E. Tate of Harrodsburg.

The four have been charged with second degree arson, second degree burglary, first degree wanton endangerment and first degree criminal mischief.

All four were lodged in the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon. All of the accused were volunteer firefighters with Boyle County and Gravel Switch (Marion County) fire departments.

KSP Post 15 Arson Investigator Alex Wesley and Post 7 Arson Investigator Pat Alford are investigating and believe more arrests will follow.

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