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Arrest made in Lexington arson that injured firefighter


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fire investigators have made an arrested less than a week after an arson injured a firefighter and damaged a home.

Charles Goldsberry, 47, is now in jail for the fire on East 2nd Street the day after Christmas. There were two people inside when it started and both managed to escape.

Goldsberry was brought in for questioning Monday morning and was arrested before noon, charged with first degree arson and two counts of wanton endangerment. Why and how Goldsberry set the home on fire is still under investigation, but fire investigators did reveal in a press conference Monday that Goldsberry possibly had domestic issues with one of the people living at the home.

What separates this arson from others is occupants were inside the house at the time of the fire, and a firefighter was hurt on the scene. Lexington Firefighter Jeremy Bruner told us on Friday that he possibly has fractured ribs from the roof of the front porch falling on him when it collapsed.

Fire officials say they don't treat any case differently when investigating, but this fire did hit a little closer to home.

"We do kind of take it personally when our firefighters are injured, especially being over fire investigations. I take it personally any time a fire is intentionally set, so I'm very pleased with the work the investigators did in locating this guy and putting him in jail," Lexington Battalion Chief Mark Blankenship tells WKYT.

Investigators say witness descriptions of a suspicious man spotted in the area at the time of the fire matched Goldsberry. After a brief interview, Goldsberry was arrested without incident.


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