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Police searching for arson suspect

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Lexington police are looking for a suspect in an arson case that forced many people from their homes.

The fire broke late Wednesday night at the Pegasus Place Apartments on Larkin Road. WKYT is told the fire was contained to one unit, but smoke caused damage throughout the entire building.

Firefighters say residents told them they saw a man they recognized jump from the apartment window moments after it caught fire. Neighbors say that person was evicted from the apartment earlier in the day.

The entire building was evacuated. The Red Cross is helping fourteen people who are temporarily displaced.

"I was watching the whole night. I could not sleep after that. I was really nervous. So it's been a rough morning for us," says Julie Staley, a resident of the Pegasus Place Apartments.

Staley lives across the way from where the fire started. She was concerned for her safety and her daughter, Briella's during the fire. Now, she's angry after learning her neighbor started the whole thing, "There are certain people in the world that are just vengeful and even though, they're in the wrong...they just don't care about other people. They just want to prove their point and get out of paying the money. This makes me so angry."

Staley is relieved no one was hurt, "That's just really scary. People just don't think. People could have children over there. Just like I have Briella. It's just really scary."

Lexington Firefighters say they do have a suspect. They are currently conducting interviews and following up with witness statements.


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