UPDATE: Man charged with arson following May fire in Wayne County

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WAYNE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - One Wayne County man faces arson charges following a fire last month at an attorney's office.

18 year old James Rigney is behind bars facing burglary, theft, and arson charges.

Officers say Rigney started an early morning fire at the Wayne County Attorney's office on May 22nd.

No one was hurt, but the fire, smoke and water destroyed almost everything inside the building.
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Kentucky State Police are looking into a fire that left major damage to a southern Kentucky office building that's home to the county attorney and child support office.

The question for investigators in Wayne County is whether the fire is an accident.

Dispatchers called Tom Simmons just after 4:30 Thursday morning, with news that his office building was on fire. He arrived moments later to discover that not much could be saved.

"Most of the computers are melted, pools, the computer, copiers, file cabinets, chairs," said Simmons, who is the Wayne County Attorney.

State police were called because the initial investigation pointed to a suspicious origin. Of prime concern, a broken front window, but investigators question if that happened before or after the fire. There is also the question if the office was a target.

It is still too early to tell if the fire was accident or the act of a crime. If someone did intentionally set it, the county attorney says he will not be intimidated.

"Anybody that thinks this is going to stop us or slow us down or intimidate us is totally wrong," Timmons told WKYT.

Despite major damage inside, Simmons says most of their important documents and files are backed up on computers or in other offices.

The Monticello fire chief says the fire was put out in minutes, but what wasn't damaged by fire did take in smoke and water damage.


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